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US employment gains hit 7-month low, labour force shrinks

Employers added 19,000 fewer jobs in February and March than previously reported

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Reuters  |  Washington 

The US economy added the fewest number of jobs in seven months in April and Americans dropped out of the labour force in droves, signs of weakness that cast doubts on whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year. Non-farm payrolls increased by 160,000 jobs last month as construction employment barely rose and the retail sector shed jobs, the Labor Department said on Friday. That was the smallest gain since September and below the first-quarter average job growth of 200,000. Adding to the report's weak tone, employers added 19,000 fewer jobs in ...

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First Published: Fri, May 06 2016. 23:53 IST