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US economy adds 130,000 jobs in August

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Added On September 8, 2019

 Official data shows that U.S. employers added 130,000 jobs in August, fewer than expected, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent.

 
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, job gains mainly occurred in health care and financial activities, while mining lost jobs.
 
The bureau said that employment in federal government rose, "largely reflecting" the hiring of temporary workers for the 2020 Census.
 
August's total nonfarm payroll employment is down from July's downwardly revised number of 159,000, and is lower than the Wall Street estimates of 150,000.
 
The bureau also said that job growth has averaged 158,000 per month so far this year, below the average monthly gain of 223,000 last year, and the unemployment rate was at 3.7 percent for the third month in a row.
 
Average hourly earnings for all private-sector workers in August rose by 11 cents, or 0.4 percent, to about 28 U.S. dollars.
 
Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 3.2 percent.