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August Jobs Report Flop: Smallest Gain This Year with Only 142,000 Jobs Added

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The August jobs report was disappointing indeed, missing estimates by a whopping 83,000.

Last month employers added the fewest jobs in eight months, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. Payrolls increased by an uninspiring 142,000 in August, handily missing the median forecast for an increase of 230,000.

But that headline number wasn't even the worst part of the report...

July Jobs Report: Growth Slows, Slack Lingers in U.S. Labor Market

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U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July, resulting in an unexpected rise in the unemployment rate, according to the July jobs report just released today (Friday) by the U.S. Department of Labor.

After surging (a revised) 298,000 in June, nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 last month. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2% from 6.1%.

Here are 12 key takeaways from the closely watched July jobs report…