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Strong U.S. Hiring Rebound Dilutes Case for Larger Fed Cut

  • Wages slightly below estimates; unemployment rate ticks up
  • Broad-based hiring spans services, factories, construction
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U.S. Adds 224,000 Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Rises to 3.7%
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The American jobs engine revived in June as hiring topped all economists’ estimates, relieving pressure on the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates this month while leaving it room to make a small reduction if it wants.

Nonfarm payrolls climbed a solid 224,000 last month, the most since January, after a disappointing 72,000 May advance, a Labor Department report showed Friday. At the same time, the jobless rate ticked up to 3.7% from a half-century low of 3.6% and average hourly earnings increased a less-than-projected 3.1% from a year earlier.