U.S. Unemployment Dips To 9.1 Percent


WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — The United States added 117,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate dropped from 9.2 percent to 9.1 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

Job gains in May and June were revised upward by a combined 56,000, the department said.

Private-sector companies hired 154,000 workers but governments at all levels reported job cutbacks, trimming the overall gain to 117,000 jobs.

The biggest increases occurred in healthcare with 31,000 new jobs, retail 26,000 and manufacturing 24,000.

Average hourly wages rose 10 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $23.13, the Labor Department said.

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