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Friday, August 1, 2014

U.S. Employers Continue Hiring Streak

In early June, pedestrians walked by a now hiring sign in the window of a San Francisco Ross Dress for Less store. In May, U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs, according the Labor Department. The hiring pace remained strong in June as employers added 288,000 jobs. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In early June, pedestrians walked by a now hiring sign in the window of a San Francisco Ross Dress for Less store. In June, U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs, according the Labor Department. The hiring pace remained strong in July as employers added 209,000 jobs. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The U.S. economy added more than 209,000 jobs in July.

Today’s report from the Labor Department was the latest sign in a busy week of economic news that things are looking better for American households and businesses. The biggest gains came in the professional services, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd joins host Jeremy Hobson to discuss what this means for Americans.

Guest

  • Peter O’Dowd, assistant managing editor for Here & Now. He tweets @odowdpeter.

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  • Rick

    LOL…. unemployment rate goes up again so they put this story on. Always running defense for Our Dear Leader. Why not talk about the real things hurting the job market? And I’ll give you a clue… It’s not Republicans in Congress who are “hatin’ on the President” (that’s Obama ghetto talk) and not “doing their jobs”. The real issue is a President who refuses to approve the XL Pipeline. Talk about shovel ready, there you go. And it would be privately-funded, not another government “make work” infrastructure “investment”paid for with money we don’t have. Another issue is the disincentive to hire new employees created by Obamacare. You could also talk about higher tax rates and ever-increasing regulations that make it hard to do business. Make trade agreements that actually benefit American workers and not just a few special interests. And last, but certainly not least, you should mention the flood of illegal immigrants who have invaded our country and are displacing workers and driving down wages.

  • Frog

    I do think we are still pretty early in the business cycle but…”For the 50th time in 51 months, more unemployed workers stopped looking for than found jobs”

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