U.S. Economy Adds A Paltry 38,000 Jobs In May02:41
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The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands on Wall Street and Exchange Streets on December 21 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands on Wall Street and Exchange Streets on December 21 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

The U.S. added just 38,000 jobs in May, a shockingly low number to some economists that stirred fears of an economic slowdown, and could influence monetary policy at the Federal Reserve.

Marilyn Geewax, NPR senior business editor, joins Here & Now's Robin Young for a closer look at the lackluster jobs numbers and what they mean for the U.S. economy.

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This segment aired on June 3, 2016.

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