Payrolls rise 157,000 in July

Workers at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett

Workers at the Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett

Unemployment in the United States fell to below 4 percent last month, as 157,000 new jobs were added, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

July wasn't a stellar month for hiring in the US healthcare sector, with fewer jobs added in ambulatory care, hospitals and nursing facilities compared with a month earlier. With revisions, job gains have averaged 224,000 a month over the past three months. Many business leaders have warned that the standoffs with China, the European Union and other major trading partners could cause layoffs if tariffs stay in place for an extended period of time.

Businesses are also getting less picky in their hiring.

The smaller job gain likely reflected some one-time factors, analysts said.

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Economists will be watching to see whether these industries rebound later in the year.

"President Trump promised that the forgotten men and women would be brought back into the economy", Manning continued.

The BLS figures contrast with those of payroll services firm ADP Inc., whose employment report issued August 1 stated that US private sector employment increased by 219,000 jobs in July. Wages have remained in a holding pattern below the highs of the last expansion, despite persistent complaints from employers that they're struggling to find skilled workers and job openings near a record high.

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.

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The retail sector also added 7,000 jobs, despite 32,000 jobs lost in sporting goods, hobby, book, music and toy stores. Wages for construction production and non-supervisory workers are rising, far outpacing other industries, reflecting a short supply of labor relative to demand. That's near an 18-year low of 3.8 per cent reached in May. Despite a fall in employment in the transportation and utilities sectors, the overall rate of unemployment dipped to 3.9 per cent in July from 4 per cent in June.

One signal that July was a strong month can be found in the low number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time.

The last time the US economy had such low unemployment in the late 1990s, wage growth was substantially higher.

Gapen said he's optimistic that wage gains will pick up, ending the year at about a 3 percent increase. Over the past year, it has hired more than a half-million Americans and stands as the leading job-creating sector.

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