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May Jobs Report

Live coverage as the jobs report for May 2015 is released.

  • Welcome to our live coverage of the jobs report numbers for May 2015. The numbers are in! We're joined here by Editor Heather Struck and Reuters Business Graduate Elizabeth Culliford.


    Sturdy U.S. jobs report boosts chances of Fed rate hike

    U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that bolster prospects for an interest rate hike in September.

    Nonfarm payrolls increased 280,000 last month, the largest gain since December, the Labor Department said on Friday.

    While the unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent from a near seven-year low of 5.4 percent in April that was because more people, likely new college graduates, entered the labor force, indicating confidence in the jobs market.

    Payrolls for March and April were revised to show 32,000 more jobs created than previously reported. That together with an eight cent gain in average hourly earnings raises the chances of the Federal Reserve tightening monetary policy this year.

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

SEOUL North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences".