US jobs grow by 164,000 in April as unemployment rate hits 3.9%

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US jobs growth was slower than expected in April, as employers added 164,000 positions.

The unemployment rate nevertheless fell to 3.9%, the first time it has dipped below 4% since 2000.

The average hourly pay of private sector workers increased 2.6% year-on-year to $26.84 (£19.77).

Manufacturers and the professional and business services sector helped to drive April’s job gains.

The US has added an average of roughly 190,000 jobs per month over the past year.