US added just 1.8m jobs in July as states grapple with Covid-19 resurgence

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Unemployment rate falls to 10.2% from 11.1% but remains three times pre-pandemic figure

The US economy added just 1.8m jobs in July after a record gain in June, as signals mounted that a resurgence of coronavirus cases in some states is weighing on the labor market recovery.

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