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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) – U.S. job growth was tepid in August but the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.3 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The United States added 169,000 jobs last month and the prior two months’ job numbers were revised sharply lower.

The August jobs growth number came in well below the average analyst estimate of 177,000.

The slight decline in the jobless rate was unexpected, and came as the number of people participating in the labor force fell.

The jobless rate had been expected to come in at 7.4 percent, unchanged from July.

The August jobs report revealed the economy gained 74,000 fewer jobs in the prior two months than previously estimated.

The July number was slashed to 104,000 from 162,000, and the June total was lowered to 172,000 from 188,000.

Photo Credit: AFP/Chip Somodevilla

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Participants hold placards as they mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington D.C. on January 17, 2022

Washington (AFP) - Members of Martin Luther King Jr's family joined marchers Monday in Washington urging Congress to pass voting rights reform as the United States marked the holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader.

King's son Martin Luther King III spoke at the march, warning that many states "have passed laws that make it harder to vote" more than half a century after the activism of his father.

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