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June 3, 2011 / J. Shaw

Unemployment UP in May to 9.1% Obama NIGHTMARE ECONOMY

Employers hired only 54,000 new workers in May. Half of the new workers were hired by MacDonald’s.

That 54,000 is the fewest in eight months,and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.

The Labor Department report Friday offered startling evidence that the U.S.economy is slowing, hampered by high gas prices and natural disasters in Japanthat 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. Theyhave cut jobs for 22 straight month.

Labor Department report Friday 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.

.npr.org

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