Employment Stumbles, Inflation Sticky

Dan North | May 2024

The April employment report was a bit weaker than expected.

The economy created 175,000 nonfarm payroll (NFP) jobs versus expectations of 240,000. That was the slowest gain in seven months and was far below last month’s sharp increase of 315,000. The prior two months were revised down a total of -22,000.

The unemployment rate moved up a tick to 3.9%, but it’s still quite low historically, and it has been stuck in a range of 3.7% to 3.9% for nine months.

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