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USA employers add 157,000 jobs, jobless rate slips to 3.9 percent

USA employers add 157,000 jobs, jobless rate slips to 3.9 percent

"Those revisions give us 59,000 jobs added that we didn't know we had before".

Peter Cramer of Prime Advisors says one reason wages are not growing faster is the large but shrinking pool of part-time workers who are getting longer hours or full-time work. "'Help Wanted' is still the most prevalent signage you'll see in an industrial park".

Manufacturing gained 37,000 jobs, driven by durable-goods and transportation companies.

But, as with small businesses, manufacturers are having trouble filling job openings, she said. Retail payrolls rebounded by 7,100 jobs last month after losing 20,200 in June.

With the economy healthy, more Americans want to buy homes, but there is a paucity of houses for sale. Jobless claims are an early sign of mass layoffs in the labor market, since many people apply for benefits soon after they're let go.

The labor market has accelerated as the economy expands. Wage growth has been stuck around that level for two years. Service-providing sectors grew by 177,000 jobs, with health care/social assistance gaining the most with 49,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate has now dipped below 4 percent for the third time this year.

The unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 3.9% in July from 4% in June. The Federal Reserve is closely watching the wages component as it seeks to meet its 2 percent inflation target.

The last time the US economy had such low unemployment in the late 1990s, wage growth was substantially higher. Over the past year, it has hired more than a half-million Americans and stands as the leading job-creating sector.

On the bright side, the hiring spree has continued as the economy marches along.

Friday's report showed that the closure of Toys "R" Us had an outsized impact on the employment picture in July as the economy lost 31,800 jobs from the sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores sub-industry, which in total only employs around 600,000 people.

Employers in the manufacturing sector extended a strong streak of job gains, suggesting that trade disputes hadn't yet weighed on hiring decisions in a major way.

The stock market rose on the news with the Dow gaining 136 points on Friday. Check out the results of its July Local Pay Report below.

The Fed also made clear it expects to raise interest rates in the coming months, going against President Donald Trump's demands for the independent body to keep rates steady.

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