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Economists — And The President — React To May Jobs Report On Twitter

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 jobs in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, marking the country's 92nd straight month of employment gains.

The unemployment rate fell to 3.8%, its lowest since April 2000. The unemployment rate had been at 4.1% for six consecutive months before hitting 3.9% in April.


Employment was up in several real estate-related industries, including retail, construction and healthcare.

Retail trade added 31,000 jobs in May and has added 125,000 jobs over the year. Employment in construction was up by 25,000 in May and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Employment in healthcare rose by 29,000 in May, including 6,000 jobs in hospitals.

President Donald Trump broke with tradition and tweeted that a positive jobs report was forthcoming more than an hour before it was released.

This drew consternation from several people, including former White House officials like Ari Fleischer and Austan Goolsbee.

Here's how economists and others reacted to the jobs report on Twitter: