Labor Dept: Economy Added 235,000 Jobs In August

The Washington Post reports:

The U.S. economy added just 235,000 jobs in August, a disappointing month of hiring as the delta variant caused coronavirus caseloads around the country to spike. The unemployment rate stayed mostly level at 5.4 percent.

The stubbornness of the coronavirus, fueled by the transmissibility of the new variant and the country’s large pockets of unvaccinated people, has begun raising questions about the country’s long term recovery, as large sectors of the economy, such as the leisure and hospitality sectors, remain well below pre-pandemic numbers.

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