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Unemployment in the US rises to 3.9% in December with 312,000 new positions

The unemployment rate in the United States rose to 3.9% in December, compared to 3.7% in the previous month, the government reported today.

The US economy continues at a level close to full employment, with the creation of 312,000 new jobs in December, well above the expectations of analysts, who had anticipated some 182,000.

Thus, the year 2018 closed with a total of 2.64 million jobs created, a figure that was not seen since 2015.

The unemployment rate increased to 3.9% from a minimum of 49 years at 3.7%, largely because more people entered the labor force in search of employment.

One of the main focus of the report is the boom in salaries, which increased on average by 0.4% in December, to stand at an average of 27.48 dollars per hour, according to the report of the US Department of Labor. .

In the last 12 months, salaries have increased by 3.2% and it is expected to continue rising due to the momentum that keeps the labor market, and for the third time above the year-on-year increase of 3% since 2009.

On the other hand, the participation rate in the labor force, the proportion of Americans who are employed or looking for a job, increased by two tenths in December to 63.1%.

This was the 98th month in which employment grows consecutively in the US, the longest successful bonanza in the labor market. (EFEUSA) .-

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