04 May 2012 14:43 [Source: ICIS news]
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But that minor easing of the unemployment rate is not attributed to last month’s mediocre employment gain but rather to a reduction in the overall size of the US workforce as some people give up looking for work and drop out of the measured labour pool.
But the rate of jobs growth eased in February, and in March, and has edged lower still with the April employment report.
The weakening jobs numbers in the past three months comes amid other indications that the
A real-time measure of goods deliveries declined in April, first quarter US gross domestic product (GDP) growth fell to 2.2% from the fourth quarter 2011 pace of 3%, and US small business owners reported reduced expectations for the nation’s economic prospects.
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