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MBA Career Insights: US Economy Adds 187,000 New Jobs in July Amidst Ongoing Labor Slowdown



Last Updated on August 5, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes

Title: US Economy Adds 187,000 Jobs in July, Falling Short of Expectations

The US economy added 187,000 new jobs in July, missing economists’ expectations of 200,000 new jobs. While the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, lower than the anticipated rate of 3.6%, job gains in July were the weakest since December 2020.

Over the past year, an average of 312,000 jobs were created each month. However, July saw a significant downturn in job creation, signaling a potential shift in the labor market. Despite this, wages rose more than expected, increasing by 0.4% on a monthly basis and 4.4% over the past year.

The Federal Reserve views the slowdown in hiring as a positive sign in their efforts to control inflation. However, the substantial wage gains may lead to additional rate hikes as a measure to curb rising prices. The Federal Reserve is set to announce its next monetary policy decision on September 20, and investors are pricing in a roughly 85% chance of a pause in rate hikes.

Revisions to previous jobs data also revealed more modest hiring than initially reported in June and May, reflecting a potentially weaker labor market than previously believed. While the health care and social assistance sectors experienced growth, several industries reported declines in employment.

Overall, these trends suggest that the post-COVID catch-up hiring boom has come to an end, with downward cyclical pressure becoming the dominant force in the job market. As the US economy continues to recover from the pandemic, attention will now shift towards assessing the sustainability of job growth and its impact on inflationary pressures.

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