US employers add modest 138000 jobs; unemployment rate dips to 4.3 percent

Retail trade lost 6,100 jobs, with food and beverage stores losing 5,300. The national unemployment rate moved down to 4.3%, the lowest rate since May 2001.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS ticked up 0.1 percent, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 gained 1 percent to top the psychologically important 20,000-point level for the first time since August 2015.

The jobs report is a closely watched barometer of the United States economy and one of the metrics the USA central bank considers as it sets interest rates. Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the USA job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.

Despite the slowdown in job growth last month, the USA economy is running neither too hot nor too cold, with growth holding at a tepid but far from recessionary 2 percent annual rate.

The president has focused on manufacturing jobs, a sector that has seen steady growth since his election.

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A few moments later, she can be seen running from the scene with one uniformed soldier and an armed off-duty soldier in pursuit. Instead, she continued advancing, reached one group of soldiers and pulled out a large knife, which she used to stab a soldier.

Another month of mediocre wage growth is further evidence. Over the past year, average hourly earnings have risen by 63 cents, or 2.5%. From a year earlier, wages rose 2.5%. The average workweek was flat at 34.4 hours.

The tepid average hourly earnings reading comes as annual inflation rates have retreated in recent months. More part-timers are finding full-time work.

Trump has pledged to dramatically accelerate the pace of job growth and oversee the creation of 25 million new jobs in the next decade. That is far lower than previously reported, but sufficient to provide jobs to a growing population, if not to draw in dropouts.

However, there are fears that few political scandals could derail the economic agenda of Trump administration. Hiring was still enough to help keep pushing unemployment lower.

Contributing to the trend has been the continuing retirements of America's vast generation of baby boomers. Healthcare and social assistance providers increased their payrolls by 32,300 after a 44,900 gain in April.

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Despite the headline miss in May, job creation last month was above the three-month average of 121,000 jobs.

Department store chains like J.C. Penney Co Inc, Macy's Inc and Abercrombie & Fitch are struggling against stiff competition from online retailers led by Amazon.

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Looking behind the immediate numbers, the picture is mixed at best.

ICC Champions Trophy: Bangladesh set 306-run target for England
Eoin Morgan came in to join Root, who by that stage was limping after twisting his ankle playing a hook shot. The venue is the Surrey home ground of England opener Jason Roy , now struggling for runs.

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