The Jobs Report: Fewer Added In May Than Expected

Employers hired only 54,000 new workers in May, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.

The Labor Department report offered startling evidence that the U.S. economy is slowing, hampered by high gas prices and natural disasters in Japan that have hurt U.S. manufacturers.

The pace of hiring has slowed sharply from the previous three months, when the economy added an average of 220,000 new jobs. Private companies hired only 83,000 new workers in May -- the fewest in nearly a year.

Local governments cut 28,000 jobs last month, the most since November. They have cut jobs for 22 straight month.

More people entered the work force last month. That pushed the unemployment rate up from 9.0 percent in April.


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  • by Pam on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    History Student wants to re-write history. Must get his information (not facts) from Carl Rove.
  • by To: Failing History Student on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:10 PM
    Check out Bushs Americas Ownership Society policy. Yes Bush was involved in the collapse of the housing market, more so than ACCORN, as you will have people think. http://www.slate.com/id/2135557/
  • by to HS @11:55 on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    Indeed, after the catastrophic job losses of his first term, expanding home ownership was the one bright spot Team Bush/Cheney/Rove could point to in an otherwise dismal picture. Expanding home ownership by ANY MEANS NECESSARY was the Bush administration policy until roughly Spring of 2008.
  • by To History Student@11:55 on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    History Student, You apparently have very short memory. At least, that's the only reason I can think of, short of outright moral spin, that would explain why George Bush's rhetoric and policy centered on an 'Ownership Society' hasn't received any scrutiny from you whatsoever. For example, in his 2004 nomination acceptance speech, Bush said: "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security and dignity and independence. Thanks to our policies, home ownership in America is at an all- time high. Tonight we set a new goal: 7 million more affordable homes in the next 10 years, so more American families will be able to open the door and say, "Welcome to my home." Looks like this is a direct contradiction to your earlier post. I take it you did not pass your History Class.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM
    It's so hard to sift through the bull when talking politics with anybody because President Obama and former President Bush inspire such admiration and devotion from such different people. The economy tanked while Bush was in office, but it wasn't all his fault -- he was just head of the executive branch, checked and balanced by the legislative and judicial. Basic government every high schooler knows. As for Obama things have gotten better and at times, stayed about the same, but aside from "Obamacare" things have not really gotten much worse. Again, checks and balances. Still, I wish we had more focusing on the facts up here, not so much interest in blaming the "other" President. Who cares if you like him? If he fits your skin color or your hobbies or your image or your idea of something that does not necessarily apply to others? What's done is done and is a matter of public record. Now what I want to know is, what can the people currently in office do to fix things? And what will those who want to get elected in their places, do instead? Facts, not speculation and opinion.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Eric
      What can the people currently in office do to fix things? Resign.
  • by Luke Location: NC on Jun 3, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    Did any of you Unemployed. When some of you voted for Obama. Get any Money $$$$$ from the bad rich people. Obama promised you if you elect him? Answer is No! ---- G W Bush gave us '2' free Gov't checks. Facts you can Goggle the truth. Thanks G W Bush
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to Luke
      Thats another reason the economy stinks now, giv-a-ways.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:55 PM
    Barlow needs a history class! ACORN got loans for minorities to buy homes. Who did not even have jobs. -- The mortgage problem started with then Senator Obama , ACORN, & the Democrats --- Facts are - NYT 2003 – Bush tried to stop mortgage crisis September 21, 2008 On September 11, 2003, the New York Times ' A Dem Lib News Paper ' ran a story with the headline: “New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago. The democrats in congress stopped President Bush’s plan for this major overhaul of Feddie and Fannie. Now here we are five years later and because congress choose to do nothing, we are in the middle of this major meltdown. It’s real easy to point a finger at President Bush and use him as a scapegoat, but when we really look at the truth of the matter, we see the finger prints of the democrats all over this mess. History lesson 101 for you Barlow
  • by no stock all cash on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    if our wonderful prez. doesn't get this economy rolling before nov. 2012, he's gonna be history. I'll be so sad.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    Bush may have started 2 wars but obama kept us in the 2 wars and added a 3rd war for good measure.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to Steve
      Yea, you're right. Obama should have ridden in on his unicorn and shot rainbows out of his eyeballs to clean up Bush's two wars. That would have taken care of it.
  • by Ticked off on Jun 3, 2011 at 06:51 PM
    We were keeping our heads above water before the Republicans took over in November. Where are all the jobs the Republicans promised the Tax breaks for the wealthy were to provide? Name one Jobs Bill they have proposed since taking office. I understand why they are being recalled all over the country. They will say anything to get into office, then result back to supporting Big Oil and Big Businesses, forget the midddle class, they don't put cash into their pockets.
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