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szdaily -> World Economy
Growth of US jobs slows
    2017-September-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of hefty increases, but the pace of gains should be more than enough for the Federal Reserve to announce a plan to start trimming a massive bond portfolio accumulated as it sought to bolster the economy.

Persistently sluggish wage growth could, however, make the U.S. central bank cautious about raising interest rates again this year. The U.S. Labor Department said Friday nonfarm payrolls increased by 156,000 last month. The economy created 399,000 jobs in June and July.

“We see nothing here that prevents the Fed from initiating its balance-sheet reduction plan at the September meeting,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.

Average hourly earnings rose three cents or 0.1 percent after advancing 0.3 percent in July, keeping the year-on-year gain in wages at 2.5 percent for a fifth consecutive month. The average workweek slipped to 34.4 hours from 34.5 hours in July.

August’s moderation in employment growth, which pushed payroll gains below the 176,000 monthly average for this year likely reflects a seasonal quirk. Over the past several years, the initial August job count has tended to exhibit a weak bias, with revisions subsequently showing strength.

“The August payroll count does tend to be biased downward, typically reflecting seasonal difficulty in measuring the timing of back-to-school, as well as low initial response rates during the summer,” said Robert Rosener, an economist at Morgan Stanley in New York.

The department said Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Texas, had no “discernable” effect on payrolls as the disaster struck after the survey period for the August employment report. Economists say the storm could hurt September payrolls if the disruption from the flooding is prolonged.

The smaller household survey showed a decline in employment last month. As a result, the unemployment rate ticked up one-10th of a percentage point to 4.4 percent.

Economists had forecast payrolls increasing by 180,000 jobs last month. Still, August’s gains were far more than the 75,000 to 100,000 jobs per month needed to keep up with growth in the working-age population.

The labor market has continued to strengthen even as hopes for a promised tax cut this year have faded.

U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated his long-standing call for slashing the U.S. corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent at a time when lawmakers believe they would be lucky to bring it down to 25 percent.

The Republican-led U.S. Congress faces a tough challenge in passing tax reform legislation, having already failed to deliver on health care reform sought by Trump.

Underscoring labor market strength, manufacturing payrolls surged by 36,000 jobs in August, the most in four years, with the motor vehicle sector adding 13,700 positions.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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