Jobs show surprising growth
Job seekers got some surprisingly good news from July's numbers.
August 5th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Jobs show surprising growth

The U.S. job market strengthened in July, a welcome piece of good news that sharply contrasted with Thursday's sell-off on Wall Street and readings pointing toward an economic slowdown.

Employers added 117,000 jobs last month, well above the 46,000 jobs added in June, the government reported Friday. After a shockingly weak jobs number the previous month and a spate of other negative economic readings that followed, many economists had been bracing for the worst from Friday's report.

Trading in U.S. stock futures, which point to the direction stocks will take when regular trading begins at 9:30 a.m., surged after the report was released.

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  1. jj

    CNN blowin smoke up our ass again gimme a break

    August 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ms. Banasy

    I am neither on drugs, nor drinking anyone's kool-aid.
    I just choose not to be a pessimistic ass hole.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Remnants of Bush-Cheney era of insanity & that mind-set has to go from their anointed places in Washington, if we want this country to get back on its feet & this nation to find the right direction.
    Any piece of good news is welcome in this climate of pessimism.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ms. Banasy

    @saywhat:
    Word.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikey

      You are sooooooooo drinking the Kool Aid Ms. B

      August 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    At saywhat ya know i would have hated to seen how well bin laden would have run the USA if your buddy obama had been in the white house But it was bush and his quick thinking that kept us from being hit again and again and keeping it so as your kids dont have to learn arabic so lay off bush that he should be bowing down to him

    August 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ms. Banasy

    Or, conversely, Obama would have killed him sooner.
    No matter who is in office, the opposing party is going to bash them...so saywhat's bashing Bush is no better you bashing Obama, gung hoe.

    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.
    Same as it ever was.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trickydowntown

    The GOP hates jobs.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Trickydowntown

    The GOP hates jobs

    August 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Not totally true i voted for clinton the second time i one of them nasty independants actually liked clinton till he lied and it wasnt that but how emphatic he was About
    it please dont make me out to be republican banasy im independant conservative oh i know thats another nasty word

    August 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    TRICKYDICKMOUTH Go back to school and get a clue the gop has always been about work dems not so much obama is known as the best foodstamp president ever

    August 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Love.this.country

    And the finger pointing and the blaming continues. Havent you had enough already? Geeze!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sherriw

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the time.;-)I for one HOPE things DEFINATELY GET BETTER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE! God Bless us all!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ms. Banasy

    @gung hoe:
    I am not making you out to be anything.
    Your words speak for themselves.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shanickwa

    All I know is every thing was fine when clinton was n office george bush was the worst president to walk the face of the earth stupid republicans its yalls fault

    August 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikey

      How's that hopey, changey thing working for you?

      August 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lyndsie Graham

    Now this piece of news should do Obama's heart good. After all, he's doing a very poor job as President as he compromised all his moral principles once he got in, having sold out to special interests especially the MIC(military-industrial-complex)!

    August 6, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
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