America’s jobs boom rolls on, fuelling fears of sustained inflation

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 03, 2022, people walk past a "now hiring" sign posted outside of a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy continued to add jobs in June at a rapid pace, while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent and wages rose, according to government data released on July 8, 2022. There were 372,000 new positions added in the month, far more than economists expected, the Labor Deparment reported. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

It would normally be cause for unalloyed celebration. According to figures released on August 5th, America’s unemployment rate in July fell to 3.5%, matching a half-century low hit just before covid-19. Moreover, with nearly 530,000 jobs created last month—more than twice as many as expected—the economy has now recovered all of the jobs lost during … Read more