Hello traders everywhere! Jeremy Lutz here, with your mid-day market update for Friday, the 3rd of May.
U.S. Employers Add 165K Jobs
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated. The job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.
The Labor Department report is seen as a reassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving despite higher taxes and government spending cuts that took effect this year.
The government revised up its estimate of job gains in February and March by a combined 114,000. It now says employers added 332,000 jobs in February and 138,000 in March. The economy has created an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April above the 138,000 added in the previous six months. Continue reading "Today's Video Update: Jobs Report Sends Market To All-Time Highs"