• 209,000 jobs were added in July, somewhat above Wall Street economists’ expectations.
• The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent. June’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent.
Economists had been expecting a gain of 180,000 jobs, with a slight decline in the unemployment rate to 4.3 percent. So the actual data is a convincing sign that the economy is growing faster than other data has suggested.