US Job Gains Slow In December
Umer Jamshaid 4 years ago Fri 06th January 2017 | 07:45 PM
WASHINGTON, Jan 6, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) - Job growth in the world's largest economy slowed in the final month of 2016 and the already-low unemployment rate rose marginally, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The US added a solid 156,000 jobs in December but the jobless rate nudged up to 4.7 percent, reversing some of the sudden drop in November, when unemployment fell to 4.6 percent, its lowest level in nearly a decade.
The figures are the final official snapshot of US labor market to be produced during Barack Obama's presidency and confirm a picture of relative health of the economy he will hand over to President-elect Donald Trump later this month.
Wages also crept upwards, with average hourly earnings rising to $26.00, up 10 cents from November. In a separate report, Commerce Department data showed the US trade deficit edged upwards in November as a strong Dollar helped the US import more goods.