US jobs growth surges, unemployment back at pre-pandemic low

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US job growth surged in July, as the economy added a surprising 528 000 positions, defying all expectations of a slowdown, according to official data on Friday.

And the unemployment rate retreated back to the pre-pandemic low of 3.5%, amid widespread job gains, the Labor Department reported.

Total non-farm employment also recovered to its pre-pandemic level, the data showed.


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