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Over the last three months, job gains have averaged 190,000 per month. These are the pocketbook issues that actually make a difference in the lives of voters. "There are plenty of new, high paying jobs available in our great and very vibrant economy", Trump said in a September 20 tweet.

"This decrease in the unemployment rate is due to more people finding jobs, as the labour force participation rate remained unchanged in September", the White House said.

Unemployment rates for African-Americans fell slightly from 6.3 percent to 6 percent. Amazon, America's second-largest employer, announced it was increasing its starting pay to $15 an hour in November for full-time and temporary employees, another sign wages might move up in the coming months. Hurricane Florence likely weighed on job growth in September 2018, just as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma weighed on job growth in September 2017. The unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7 percent, the lowest level since December 1969 and one-tenth of a percentage point below expectations.

In August, average hourly wages rose 2.9 percent from 12 months earlier - the biggest year-over-year increase since the recession officially ended in June 2009. "I would view this as a full-employment jobs report", Alan Krueger, a Princeton University economics professor and former head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under Barack Obama, said on Bloomberg Television.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3% from the prior month, matching estimates, following a downwardly revised 0.3% gain, the report showed.

Some economist have dismissed weakness in the employment numbers, saying the data was impacted by Hurricane Florence, which hit the east coast in mid-September.

Powell said more wage growth is "quite welcome" and the Fed isn't anxious yet about higher pay causing inflation.

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Economists will also be eyeing the all-important wage figures, as a tightening USA labor market has pushed pay higher.

Manufacturing payrolls increased by 18,000 in September after rising by 5,000 in August.

While surveys have shown manufacturers growing more concerned about an escalating trade war between the USA and China, that does not appear to have affected hiring.

In fact, the Fed's latest survey of national business conditions reflected concerns about labor shortages that are extending into non-skilled occupations as much as about tariffs. According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 185,000 in September after surging 201,000 in August.

Washington last month slapped tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, with Beijing retaliating with duties on $60bn worth of United States products. Health care and transportation and warehousing have also continued their strong gains, adding 26,000 and 24,000 jobs respectively in September. The trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was salvaged in an 11th-hour deal on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the USA trade deficit increased to a six-month high in August, up 6.4% to $53.2bn (£40.6bn).

The politically sensitive goods trade deficit with China surged 4.7 percent to a record high of US$38.6 billion. Many forecasters predict it will decline even more in the months to come.


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