The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in March, below expectations, as analysts said the tighter labor market may be making skilled workers harder to come by.
The U.S. economy probably added 185,000 jobs in March while wage gains accelerated, a survey of economists showed, reinforcing the Federal Reserve's case for continuing to increase interest rates gradually to keep inflation from overheating while keeping unemployment low.
The U.S. central bank's monetary-policy committee raised benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%, in Jerome Powell's first meeting as Fed chairman.
Traders fully expect the Fed's monetary-policy committee to raise benchmark borrowing costs by a quarter percentage point at a meeting that starts Tuesday and culminates Wednesday with Powell's first press conference as chairman. The question is what comes next.
A key risk measure in money markets known as the Libor-OIS spread has risen to levels not seen since worries mounted in 2011 and 2012 over the debt troubles of European countries Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department shows inflation rose to 2.2% in February from a year earlier, accelerating from January's pace of 2%.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department shows the economy added 313,000 jobs in February, well above estimates, while wage growth moderated to 2.6%.
A report Friday from the U.S. Labor Department is expected to show that wages climbed 2.8% in February from a year earlier, with unemployment falling further to 4%, based on economist surveys by the data provider FactSet.
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said in a speech that further gradual rate increases are "appropriate," especially in light of the economic stimulus expected to come from President Donald Trump's tax cuts.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman got $125.5 million in annual compensation last year, multiples of the compensation for other longtime financial CEOs including JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon and BlackRock's Larry Fink. Yet the stock's performance has lagged.
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