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In another sign of vigorous demand for labor, the results for April and May were revised higher by a total of 37,000, bringing the average for the past three months to 211,000. The median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg called for a gain of 195,000 jobs.

On the same day that the Trump administration began imposing tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports and China retaliated with their own tariffs, the job gain showed that the 9-year old US economic expansion - the second-longest on record - remains on solid ground for the moment. The U.S. and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of the other's imports on Friday.

The labor force expanded by 601,000 jobs over the month, with an influx of new women and teen workers more than offsetting a dip in labor force participation among men, said Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics.

The lack of wage growth is disappointing, but still higher than the rate of inflation, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum. "It's probably relieving for the Fed".

Meanwhile, the labor market seems to be ignoring all concerns raised concerning the new measures.

Yet the monthly figures landed the same day as President Donald Trump intensified a global trade war with USA levies on US$34 billion (RM137.36 billion) of Chinese goods, spurring retaliatory tariffs.

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Following the report, US stock turned positive after having been in red figures ahead of the report.

The labor department reports another month of job growth.

Though economic growth appears to be solid, the gains have been spread unevenly.

In June, white-collar professional firms filled 50,000 jobs last month to lead the way in hiring while manufacturers added 36,000 jobs. But retailers cut 21,600 jobs last month, after boosting payrolls by 25,100 in May.

There's still more room to run for America's labour market, just as a trade war threatens the outlook for the world's largest economy.

It would also be important to watch secondary indicators of employment that are not as impressive as the headline unemployment rate, such as the share of people who are working part-time but would prefer full-time jobs. But in fact more people entering the workforce is a sign of optimism that jobs are available. Even with more and more jobs, annual wage growth has remained stubbornly below 3% since early 2009. Average hourly earnings advanced 2.7 per cent from a year earlier, while the jobless rate increased to 4 per cent from 3.8 per cent, the first rise in nearly a year. "Combined with additional jobs and steady hours, payrolls are up by 5 percent since June 2017". But the rate rose for an encouraging reason: More people felt it was a good time to begin looking for a job, though not all of them immediately found one.


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