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U.S. Job Growth Picks Up in Sign of Progress on Filling Openings

  • Payrolls gain of 559,000 falls short of economists’ estimates
  • Job growth concentrated in leisure and hospitality industry
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U.S. Adds 559,000 Jobs in May, Short of Estimates
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U.S. job growth picked up in May -- along with worker pay -- and the unemployment rate fell, signaling firms are making some progress filling a record number of openings as the economy powers up.

Payrolls increased by 559,000 last month after a revised 278,000 gain in April, according to a Labor Department report Friday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists was for a 675,000 rise. The jobless rate dropped to 5.8%, while the labor participation rate was little changed.