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The U.S. economy gained only 266,000 jobs last month, vs. estimates of 1 million or higher.

The unemployment rate rose from 6% to 6.1%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ new monthly employment report released on Friday, the US economy gained 266,000 unbelievable jobs last month, despite common projections of a one million increase.

Unlike projections, but still below an unprecedented peak of 14.8 percent in April, the unemployment rate grew from 6 percent to 6.1 percent, the highest level since the Great Depression.

The highly expected report is expected to show strong wage increases, with some analysts also forecasting employment rises over the two million mark, after large-scale vaccinations prompted Americans to dine, take vacations and go to stores after months of restrictive action.

U.S. economy added just 266,000 jobs last month, vs. estimates for 1 million  or higher

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In April, the US economy added 266,000 jobs, well short of economists’ forecasts.

“This may be one of the most deceitful employment studies ever,” said Nick Bunker, director of economic analysis at Indeed Hiring Lab. “The labour market needs to gain 8.2 million workers to return us to pre-pandemics, not to take into consideration jobs if the pandemic never occurred. If we don’t accelerate job growth, we’ll fall further behind. “

Widespread vaccination has led to a return to normalcy, with over 107 million people now fully vaccinated in the United States based on NBC News data monitoring. This has given rise to consumer trust, which drives spending growth with increasing capacity in supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that by July, the United States could experience the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, if vaccinations proceed at high rates.

Despite a disappointing headline figure, labour participation and wage growth have all been more than anticipated, says Wells Fargo Investment Institute Sameer Samana, senior world market strategist.

“The labour market is continuing and will be more than sufficient to sustain consumer confidence and consumption,” he said.

U.S. economy added just 266,000 jobs last month, vs. estimates for 1 million  or higher

Certain economists and employers argue that the relief package of President Joe Biden, which included stimulus controls and expanded unemployed pandemic benefits, prevents certain people from returning to old employment or looking for new positions, which leads to job shortages.

Combined unemployment insurance will amount to $600 a week, or about $16 per hour, more than many workers earn. Some companies have also used cash signing incentives to retain employees.

Other economists believe special payments for pandemics have been appropriate to keep staff on the table for helping their children with remote education or to alleviate lasting fears about the virus deal.

In total, about 16 million people still receive unemployment payments — 12 million of them are in federal emergency pandemic schemes expiring in September.

“Healing the labor market, including reducing unemployed people and those who are looking for and pursuing unemployment benefits, is as critical an economic thread as any monitoring of reopening stories;” Mark Hamrick, Bankrate’s senior economic analyst, said. “Yes, there is a great deal of confusion in all this, but it has to be seen in the light of general change.” 

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