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Economists Caught Off Guard By A Weak Jobs Report

An office building in Chicago. (Flickr/Creative Commons, @vonderauvisuals).
An office building in Chicago. (Flickr/Creative Commons, @vonderauvisuals).

The Labor Department reported today that the U.S. economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, far lower than most economists predicted.

While unemployment dropped to 4.7 percent, its lowest rate since November 2007, that’s largely due to more people giving up the search for work. Wall Street opened lower at news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

Mike Regan, Bloomberg Gadfly columnist, joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti for a closer look at the lackluster jobs numbers and what they mean for the U.S. economy.

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