After several months of strong job growth, hiring slowed sharply in May, raising concerns once again about the underlying strength of the economic recovery.
The Labor Department reported on Friday that the United States added 54,000 nonfarm payroll jobs last month, following an increase of 232,000 jobs in April. May’s job gain was about a third of what economists had been forecasting.
The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.1 percent from 9.0 percent in April.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Government confirms weak job market
As a follow up to yesterday's blog post about the interdependency between employment and housing, today's government employment data confirms a weakening job market: