Economy Added 224,000 Jobs in June

The theme of the first Democrat debate was that the economy wasn't working for "us".

Us was supposed to be the common folk, but in practice it's the Democrats. The economy is adding value and jobs. It isn't adding political value for the socialists.

Payroll growth rebounded sharply in June as the U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs, the best gain since January and running contrary to worries that both the employment picture and overall growth picture were beginning to weaken. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% as labor force participation rose, according to the Labor Department.

Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected nonfarm payrolls to rise by 165,000 and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 3.6%. 

Funny how the economy usually underperformed expectations under Obama, but outperforms them under Trump.

Government bond yields surged, with the benchmark 10-year note up nearly 10 basis points to about 2.05%.

The report “would seem to make a mockery of market expectations” for a quarter- or half-point cut at the July 30-31 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, said Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. The level of job growth, he added, “is still much stronger than the levels that have usually prompted the Fed to cut rates in the past and, although we do still expect the weakening economy to prompt the Fed to loosen policy, the first rate cut will probably be delayed until September.”

Professional and business services led the job gains with 51,000, while health care added 35,000 and transportation and warehousing contributed another 24,000. Construction also added 21,000 and manufacturing, despite teetering on contraction recently, saw another 17,000 jobs added, above the 8,000 per month average in 2019 and getting closer to the 22,000 a month in 2018.

The economy is working for Americans. It's not working so well for the socialists.

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