Unemployment in US lowest since 1969, says Labor Department
Average hourly earnings growth held at 3.2% over the past year. The monthly gain was 0.2%, below the expected 0.3% increase, bringing the average to $27.77. The average work week also dropped 0.1 hours to 34.4 hours.
Unemployment was last this low in December 1969 when it hit 3.5%.
A broader unemployment gauge that includes those who have quit looking for jobs as well as the underemployed held at 7.3%, where it has been since February.
Those counted as not in the labor force surged by 646,000 to a fresh high of 96.2 million. ■