The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs last month, less than the 174,000 jobs gained in April and lower than expected. Job gains for March and April were also revised down.
Still, the drop in the unemployment rate in May wasn’t for good reasons. More Americans stopped looking for work while the number of people with a job fell too.
There is some good news though. Americans are earning more as well as wages continued to pick up. Hourly earnings rose 2.5% during the past 12 months.
Experts were split on the report. Some said it is a sign that job growth is slowing down after three straight years of jobs gains and major drop in unemployment.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to expect hiring will hit a wall,” says Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, a research firm. “It’s just part of the ups and downs from month to month.”
So far this year, the U.S. has added 810,000 jobs. Since February, the first jobs report with President Trump in office for the whole month, the U.S. has gained 594,000 jobs. Read more at CNN.