United States jobs growth stronger than expected

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But the rate rose for an encouraging reason: More people felt it was a good time to begin looking for a job, though not all of them immediately found one.

The latest jobs report overall showed encouraging signs for the USA economy, the New York Times reports. Additionally, the Trump administration has drawn attention to the record-low of African American unemployment, even as it remained higher than the overall rate at 5.9%.

Altogether, the data depicted a labour market that's not as tight as previously thought, easing any pressure on Federal Reserve policy makers to step up the pace of interest-rate hikes and potentially heartening employers who have had difficulty finding skilled workers.

The professional and business services sector added 50,000 new positions, manufacturing rose by 36,000, while the fabricated metals industry, which is at the heart of Trump's current trade battle, added 7,000 new workers.

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The US economy keeps adding jobs at a blistering pace. June's figures mark another increase-this time of 4,800 jobs.

Job growth this year has been faster than in 2017.

From Table B-3, average hourly earnings were +2.7% year over year in June economy-wide, while average weekly earnings were +3.0%.

Nonetheless, the United States jobs market is incredibly hot right now with yesterday's NFIB jobs survey suggesting that in the small business sector, the proportion of firms looking to hire workers has been higher on only three occasions in the past 45 years.

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"Labor market fundamentals remain solid, with a meaningful pickup in service-sector employment surveys", Hill said. However, the official figures are yet to be released till later this month.

"A higher unemployment rate coinciding with a strong jobs gain in June is the best of possible worlds for Canada, with more of us working, but perhaps a bit more room for that to continue without triggering an inflation spike", Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC Capital Markets, wrote in a note to clients. Housing starts have climbed 11 percent so far this year.

"Together with signs that GDP growth rebounded markedly in the second quarter, that will keep the Fed on course to raise interest rates twice more by year-end". It had declined for three months in a row. However, fears of a trade war with other countries, especially China, have many anxious the economy could slow down or shrink in the months ahead.

Businesses hired robustly in June despite threats of trade tensions. A July 4 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that among its 26 member countries, average nominal wage growth has slowed from an annual rate of 4.8 percent before the crash to just 2.1 percent.

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Nearly half of June's construction jobs increase (+13,000) occurred in the "heavy and civil engineering" category, +6,000.

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