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US Economy Falls Short of Job Expectations

Key Takeaways:

  • The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April, falling short of the consensus estimate of 243,000
  • The unemployment rate remained relatively stable at 3.9%, a slight increase from the previous month’s 3.8%.
  • While the April nonfarm payrolls report shows that job growth has slowed compared to the previous month, the U.S. labor market continues to show resilience.

Jobs Data

The latest nonfarm payrolls report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 3 reveals that the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in April, falling short of the consensus estimate of 243,000. Despite the lower-than-expected job growth, the unemployment rate remained relatively stable at 3.9%, a slight increase from the previous month’s 3.8%.

Unemployment Rate

Private sector employment, which excludes government jobs, accounted for 167,000 of the total nonfarm payrolls, also falling below the consensus estimate of 190,000. This suggests that while the private sector continues to drive job growth, the pace has slowed compared to the previous month’s figure of 243,000.

In April, average hourly earnings increased by 0.2% month-over-month, slightly below the consensus estimate of 0.3% and the previous month’s growth of 0.3%. Year-over-year, average hourly earnings grew by 3.9%, a decrease from the 4.1% growth seen in the previous month and falling short of the 4% consensus estimate.

The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of the working-age population that is either employed or actively seeking employment, remained unchanged at 62.7% in April, in line with consensus expectations.

The U-6 unemployment rate, a broader measure of unemployment that includes discouraged workers and those working part-time for economic reasons, rose slightly to 7.4% from the previous month’s 7.3%.

While the April nonfarm payrolls report shows that job growth has slowed compared to the previous month, the U.S. labor market continues to show resilience. The slight increase in the unemployment rate and the moderation in wage growth may ease concerns about inflationary pressures.

Lazarus
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