US – Dec Employment Report
13/01/2020 10:02 am MYT
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Non-farm payrolls increased by 145,000 in Dec, while job gains in the previous two months were revised downwards by 14,000 – see figure 1. As shown in table 1, the increase in employment was mainly from the service-providing industries.

In Dec, the headline unemployment rate was steady at 3.5%. The labour force participation rate was also unchanged at 63.2%. The average hourly earnings in Dec rose to US$28.32 from US$28.29 in Nov, climbing by 2.9%, year-on-year. Meanwhile, the average workweek was unchanged at 34.3 hours.

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