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US rate rise chances recede as jobs growth slows
Prospect of lift in rates at June meeting clouded as pace of hiring ebbs
MAY 6, 2016 by: Sam Fleming in Washington and Adam Samson in New York
Hiring by American employers decelerated in April to the slowest pace since September, taking some of the shine off the US labour market following months of robust growth and adding to the Federal Reserve’s dilemma over when next to lift short-term interest rates.
Non-farm payrolls increased by 160,000 in April, a weaker figure than the 200,000 predicted by analysts before the data were released. Pay growth picked up, however, as employers lift wages to attract and retain workers. The jobless rate remained unchanged at 5 per cent, according to the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
America’s unprecedented private sector hiring streak has been the central driver behind the Federal Reserve’s plans for gradual increases in short-term interest rates. The latest more subdued hiring numbers are unlikely to shake policymakers’ conviction that the US is at or close to full employment, with unemployment still hovering just above most officials’ estimates of the longer-term rate.