U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.9%, Lowest Rate Since 2000

By  //  May 4, 2018

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ABOVE VIDEO: Job growth accelerated in April, cutting the nation’s jobless rate as U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs compared to the revised 135,000 in March.

(FOX BUSINESS) – Job growth accelerated in April, cutting the nation’s jobless rate as U.S. employers added 164,000 jobs compared to the revised 135,000 in March.

April’s reading fell short of analysts’ expectations for 192,000 jobs to be created in the month. March’s 135,000 was an upward revision compared to the intial reading for 103,000 jobs.

“This jobs report is truly a mixed bag. It is inevitable that attention will gravitate toward the decline in the unemployment rate to 3.9%, breaking out of the pattern of having held at 4.1% for six straight months. We can continue to head lower from here if we see robust hiring in the months ahead,” said Mark Hamrick, Bankrate.com’s senior economic analyst.

For the April report, the unemployment rate came in at 3.9%, down from the prior month’s 4.1%, lower than expectations. Prior to April, the unemployment rate was at 4.1% for six consecutive months.

April’s 3.9% is a signal of an increasingly competitive job market, and the lowest reading since 2000.

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