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Washington Post BusinessJun 06, 2020
Unemployment rate drops and 2.5 million jobs added, after states reopened
The decrease in the rate surprised forecasters and emboldened President Trump. But economists cautioned that joblessness levels are still worse than any time since the Depression era.

MarketWatchJun 06, 2020
Capitol Report: Black Americans, their lives and livelihoods on the line, suffer most from the pandemic
The coronavirus has cost millions of Americans their jobs, but the pandemic has been particularly painful and deadly for African-Americans.

Yahoo BusinessJun 06, 2020
OPEC Extends Oil Cuts in Deal That Hinges on End of Cheating
(Bloomberg) -- OPEC agreed to a one-month extension of its record output cuts after adopting a more stringent approach to ensuring members don't break their production pledges.The deal will underpin the oil market recovery, easing the financial pain felt by resource-dependent emerging economies, shale explorers in Texas, and blue-chip companies like Royal Dutch Shell Plc.It's a victory for Saudi Arabia and Russia, who put a destructive price war behind them to successfully cajole Iraq, Nigeria and other laggards to fulfill their obligations. The two leaders of OPEC showed that they intend to keep a close watch on the oil market, meeting every month to assess the evolving balance between supply and demand amid an uncertain economic recovery from the global pandemic.After a video conference lasting several hours on Saturday, delegates said all nations had signed off on a new deal for a production cut of 9.6 million barrels a day next month. That's 100,000 barrels a day lower than the reduction in June because Mexico will end its supply constraints, but a tighter limit than the 7.7 million barrels a day set for July in the group's previous agreement, they said. In addition, the approved communique states that any member that doesn't implement 100% of its production cuts in May and June will make extra reductions from July to September to compensate for their failings.Those promises are a particular vindication for the Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who has consistently pushed fellow mem

Yahoo BusinessJun 06, 2020
El-Erian: Here's a 'nightmare scenario' for the U.S. economy
The big risk with the latest jobs report is if it turns out to be a "head fake" says Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz. "That's the nightmare scenario," El-Erian told Yahoo Finance after the US unexpectedly added 2.5 million jobs last month states started re-opening their economies and easing COVID-19 shelter in place measures. "The big risk is...that this is a head fake, a major head fake that we are picking up the impact of both data distortions and policy distortions," said El-Erian.

MarketWatchJun 06, 2020
The Wall Street Journal: Large crowds expected in Washington Saturday as George Floyd protests enter 12th day
Protesters planned to take to the streets across the U.S. Saturday for the 12th consecutive day of demonstrations, with calls on social media for one million people at the White House and other Washington, D.C., landmarks, amid continued demands for justice-system reform sparked by the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

MarketWatchJun 05, 2020
Market Snapshot: Dow closes 800 points higher after jobs report shows surprise jump in payrolls, fall in unemployment rate
Stocks close sharply Friday after the U.S. May jobs report showed a surprise 2.5 million jump in payrolls and a drop in the unemployment rate to 13.3% as businesses began to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

USA Today MoneyJun 05, 2020
Defying predictions, economy gains 2.5M jobs and unemployment dips to 13.3% as businesses start to reopen amid COVID-19
The U.S. economy added 2.5M jobs in May as the U.S. economy reopened businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. 8 million job losses were forecast.       

Defying predictions of historic losses, economy gains 2.5M jobs and unemployment eases to 13.3% as businesses start to reopen amid COVID-19 (USA Today Money)

NPR Topics: BusinessJun 05, 2020
New Job Report Shows Signs Of Improving Economy
A monthly job report published Friday has shown signs of strength in the labor market. Unemployment has declined and employers have created millions of new jobs in May.

MarketWatch MarketPulseJun 05, 2020
Dow surges 900 points retakes 27,000 as May jobs report shows 'mind-blowing' 2.5 million increase in payrolls and unemployment falls
U.S. stock indexes surged higher on Friday, adding to already sharp gains in the morning after a report on employment in the U.S. showed an unexpected rise in jobs and the rate of unemployment fell rather than rose as had been feared. The report showed that 2.5 million jobs were added last month and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3% from 14.7% in April. Economists had predicted the official unemployment rate will climb to 19% in May, a MarketWatch survey showed. Friday's nonfarm-payroll also was expected to show that 7.25 million U.S. jobs were lost in May, after 20 million were lost in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The US unemployment rate has shocked everyone because the number was much lower than the market expectation," wrote Naeem Aslam, chief market strategist at AvaTrade, in a note after the report was released. "Speculators were whispering for 20%. This a mind-blowing number and shows that the economy is improving," he wrote. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 900 points, or 3.4%, higher at 27,178, those for the S&P 500 index climbed 2.7% at 3,196, while the Nasdaq Composite climbed 1.9%% at 9,795. The move for equities on Friday comes after the Dow ended 11.93 points, or less than 0.1%, higher on Thursday at 26,281.82. The fourth straight gain matches a similar streak of wins for the blue-chip index ended April 27, according to FactSet data. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell 10.52 points, or 0.3%, to close at 3,112.35 and the Nasdaq Composite Index finished 67.10 points, or 0.7%, lower to wrap up the session at 9,615.81, putting the index about 2.1% from its Feb.

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Dow surges 700 points at open after data surprise shows U.S. economy adding 2.5 million jobs in May (MarketWatch MarketPulse)

USA Today MoneyJun 05, 2020
Economy unexpectedly gains 2.5M jobs as economy reopens businesses closed by coronavirus pandemic
The U.S. economy added 2.5M jobs in May as the U.S. economy reopened businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. 8 million job losses were forecast.       

MarketWatchJun 05, 2020
Trump Today: Trump claims that only ‘left wing' policies will derail U.S. recovery as he celebrates return of jobs
President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the return of 2.5 million jobs to the U.S. economy in May, and went on the attack against Democrats as surveys show him trailing behind Joe Biden among voters in key states.
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