218K is better than expectations, though not wildly so.
The unemployment rate did improve to 8.8%.
Private sector jobs nicely beat expectations with 230K.
Stocks are heading higher on the news.
Wages were down slightly.
U-6 down to 15.7%.
The full announcement is here.
Background: Here it is! No introduction needed!
The simple summary is this. Analysts are looking for around 185K new jobs, 203K+ new private sector jobs, and a headline unemployment rate of 8.8%.
Markets are nicely higher on the news.
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