Rate Of Unemployment In The US Dips To 6-year Low Of 5.9%


With US employers added an enormous 248,000 jobs last month, a burst of hiring that drove down the unemployment rate to 5.9 per cent, the lowest since July 2008.

The mostly positive government report also showed that employers added 69,000 more jobs in July and August than previously estimated.

The rate fell from 6.1 per cent in August and is now close to 5.5 per cent, which many economists consider a healthy level.

That could ratchet up pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise its benchmark interest rate earlier than it plans.

Most economists have predicted that the Fed will do so in mid-2015.

The improved figures come after US President Barack Obama touted his administration’s economic achievements in a speech on Thursday.

The economy is the top issue in voters’ minds as the November elections near.