• Second month in a row sees more than 200,000 jobs added
  • Unemployment rate falls to 4.3%, a 16-year low

The US economy added 209,000 new jobs in July – the second month in a row of 200,000-plus jobs growth. The unemployment rate fell to 4.3%, a 16-year low.

Economists had forecast the US would add 180,000 jobs in July, in line with the average monthly gain for the last six months.

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