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US economy created 233.000 new jobs in April and unemployment falls to 5.5%

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 08:46 UTC
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Big job gains in the service sector helped to offset weakness in mining, and investors welcomed the report, sending shares broadly higher on Wall Street. Big job gains in the service sector helped to offset weakness in mining, and investors welcomed the report, sending shares broadly higher on Wall Street.

Employers in the US created 223,000 new jobs in April, a much larger increase than the month before. At the same time, the US Department of Labor said the unemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low of 5.4%, down from 5.5% in March.

 Big job gains in the service sector helped to offset weakness in mining, and investors welcomed the report, sending shares broadly higher on Wall Street.

The April rebound was a big improvement on March's payroll figures, which were revised to show a gain of just 85,000 jobs. Experts blamed such factors as the exceptionally cold winter in the north-east of the country for weighing on hiring in March.

April's report also showed gains in employees' wages, with average hourly earnings up 2.2% from the same period last year. That was a smaller rise than many market watchers expected. However, it could provide a boost to US consumer spending, a key driver of the US economy.

Investors are paying close attention to all figures to check that the US recovery is maintaining momentum.

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates later this year if the economy continues to improve. Benchmark lending rates are currently close to zero.

Categories: Energy & Oil, United States.

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  • Briton

    233.000 new jobs
    That's what we need,
    more jobs ,

    May 09th, 2015 - 07:08 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 Briton

    Just don't expect Camoron and Ozzie to provide them with all the austerity “plans” they are cooking up for us, the tax payers, which will translate into lower demand (people won't have the money).

    May 09th, 2015 - 08:33 pm 0
  • Briton

    You may well be correct, but we have 5 years to do something,

    David no action, may well have another agender up his sleeve,
    but unless he comes up trumps, we will all suffer.

    May 10th, 2015 - 06:37 pm 0
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