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U.S. employers added 151,000 new non-farm employees in August, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor employment report issued September 2. The August new job result fall well below the more than 270,000 jobs created in each of the two previous months.

(The number of new jobs for June was revised down from 292,000 to 271,000, while the number of new jobs for July was revised up from 255,000 to 275,000.)

employed vs non-farm payroll

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9%, with a total of approximately 7.8 million unemployed persons currently looking for work.

unemployment

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) also remained at the same level – approximately 2.0 million Americans – which accounted for 26.1% of the unemployed.

long term unemployment 27 weeks and over

The labor force participation rate also stayed the same at 62.8%.

The report also noted several other employment trends:

  • The average workweek declined by 0.1 hours to 34.3 hours.
total private average weekly hours of all employees
  • Average hourly earnings for all employees on private non-farm payrolls rose by 3 cents to $25.73. Year over year, average hourly earnings have increased by 2.4%.
  • Initial unemployment claims, a leading indicator, continue to remain at a historically low level.
initial unemployment claims
While the Federal Reserve is expected to consider approving a rate hike when it meets September 20-21, the slower job growth may discourage the board from raising rates. (See “Where’s that Fed Hike?”) A weak retail report in August, as well as weakness in several other areas of the economy, such as corporate earnings and manufacturing output levels, could also sway the Fed to delay a rate hike once again. The Fed has not raised rates since December 2015.
 
Media contact:  Callie Briese, 612-844-7340; callie.briese@thrivent.com 
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