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US employers added 304,000 jobs in January 2019, continuing the job growth that has kept the unemployment rate at four percent or less. The US economy has added jobs for over 100 consecutive months.
The unemployment rate is under four percent, but wage growth has been slow. Economists say there are several reasons for slow wage growth, including employer monopsony power, as when one hospital in a small city hires most of the nurses and can slow wage growth. Other reasons are expanded benefit packages offered by some employers, so that workers accept lower wages and slower wage growth in exchange for benefits ranging from health insurance and pensions to flexible work schedules.