September jobs report shows unemployment hitting 49-year low

Everything You Need to Know About the September Jobs Report

U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.7 Percent, Lowest In Nearly 50 Years

Most analysts blamed the slower pace of hiring last month on Florence, which struck North and SC and closed thousands of businesses.

The construction, transportation and health-care industries recorded some of the strongest hiring numbers in September, as the USA unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in 49 years.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans dropped three-tenths of a percent to 6%; hovering slightly higher than the historic low of 5.9%.

The low unemployment rate provided more evidence of a booming economy, which is now in a record eight-year streak of job gains.

There were fewer jobs, however, added to the USA economy in September than analysts expected. department figures showed about 134,000 new jobs for September - well below the 185,000 anticipated by experts.

Hurricane Florence, which battered the US East Coast in mid-September, was cited by the Labor Department as a factor for some employment changes, specifically leisure and hospitality, which lost 18,000 jobs in the period. Amazon this week raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of the population that is either working or looking for work, has remained essentially unchanged for the past few months. Those numbers are not adjusted for inflation, which has been eating into wage gains over the past several months as the Federal Reserve has hiked interest rates in response to a strengthening economy.

Today's jobs figures show that United States manufacturing payrolls increased by 18,000 in September. So far this year, monthly job growth has averaged 208,000, up from a pace of 182,000 for all of last year.

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U.S. Treasury prices fell, with the yield on the 30-year bond rising to a four-year high. The data come a day after a selloff in government bonds renewed concerns about rising inflation and whether the Federal Reserve will have to lift borrowing costs at a faster pace in order to keep the USA economy from overheating. "While that annual rate is a tick lower than the prior month, there is a soft monthly print falling out of the calculation next month and as such wage growth could soon break above 3% for the first time". Overall government payrolls increased by 13,000. Service providers increased payrolls by 75,000 workers, the lowest in a year, as retail also showed a 20,000 decline.

Job gains were noted in healthcare, up 26,000, transportation and warehousing, up 24,000, and construction, up 23,000.

While surveys have shown manufacturers growing more concerned about an escalating trade war between the United States and China, it does not appear to have affected hiring.

Despite newly-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, manufacturing added another 18,000 jobs.

In fact, the Fed's latest survey of national business conditions reflected concerns about labour shortages that are extending into non-skilled occupations as much as about tariffs.

Washington last month slapped tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, with Beijing retaliating with duties on $60 billion worth of USA products.

The politically sensitive goods trade deficit with China increased 4.7 percent to a record high of $38.6 billion.

Consumers, business executives and most economists remain optimistic.

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