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LATEST US DATA

Job gains hit 7-month low

Unemployment rate holds at 5%; numbers cast doubts on Fed rate hike this year

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CONTAGION?: The dip in job growth could raise concern that the economy's weakness has spread to the labour market.

Washington

THE US economy added the fewest number of jobs in seven months in April and Americans dropped out of the labour force in droves, signs of weakness that cast doubts on whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year.

Non-farm payrolls