U.S. Adds Jobs in June, But Trade War Could Slow Growth

July 6, 2018

By Michael Teich

Wall Street applauded a better-than-expected June jobs report, sending the Dow Industrials Index nearly 100 points higher Friday.

Despite those numbers, though, the U.S. economy is still grappling with growing trade tensions with China and Europe. The Trump administration's tariffs officially went into effect early Friday morning as the U.S. followed through on its threat to impose taxes on $34 billion of Chinese imports. China promptly responded with a similarly seized tariffs on U.S. goods, including pork, soybeans, and electric vehicles.

If trade wars accelerate, "the downside risks outweigh the upside risks," said Mark Hamrick, Senior Economic Analyst, Bankrate.com.

"The trade disputes are having impacts that are real in the economy right now."

The U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June, topping the forecast of 195,000. It was the 93rd consecutive month of job growth. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 4 percent as more people returned to the job market searching for work.

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