The United States is on track to add about 4.4 million jobs this year, a boost to economic growth and jobs in a country with the highest unemployment rate in the world, the Labor Department said on Wednesday.
The latest jobs report, which also found that the U.N. says nearly 3.3 million people have been displaced by Hurricane Maria, will help fuel a debate over President Donald Trump’s policies and how to rebuild the country.
Trump has repeatedly said the recovery effort will be financed with tax cuts, but that it will come with cuts in government spending and a big cut in the corporate tax rate.
He has also pledged to cut the corporate rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but has also said he will consider reducing the top individual rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent.
The jobs report was based on the Labor Market Information System, a tool that measures economic activity, including payrolls and nonfarm payrolls, for all employers and for non-profits.
The government also reports on its own estimates of job growth.
The unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.
It is down from 5.9 percent in February.
A broader measure of economic activity showed that payrolls rose 1.7 million in May and 1.9 million in June, with a net gain of about 400,000 jobs, the Commerce Department said.
The number of Americans out of work rose to 2.1 million in July from 2.2 million a month earlier, and the number of people who were seeking work fell to 745,000 from 765,000, the government said.
Job gains were offset by a drop in spending, with private employers hiring fewer workers.
The Labor Department reported that total U.T. jobs increased by 467,000 to 4,838,000 in May.
The economy expanded by about 1.1 percent in the third quarter, driven by a boost in hiring, which was mostly in construction and construction services.
The U.K. was the biggest gainer of jobs with a gain of 928,000.
China was the fastest growing economy with growth of 2.5 percent in May, followed by India with 2.9.
The euro zone, which accounts for more than a third of the world economy, was the third-biggest gainer, at 0.9%.
The economy grew by 1.6% in the first quarter, but the unemployment rate remained above 6 percent.
About 1.4% of the U,S.
population is out of the labor force, according to the Labor Force Survey, which has been the government’s most reliable indicator of the nation’s economic health.
That is about twice the rate of unemployment.
It was up from 1.2% a year ago.
The report was also good news for U.W. states that rely heavily on the agricultural sector.
Agriculture jobs were up by 674,000 workers, or 0.6%, while the number seeking work in nonfarm jobs fell by 1,600, or 1.5%.
Manufacturing jobs increased slightly by 6,700, while the manufacturing services sector saw a gain by 8,200.
The construction sector also saw a big gain, adding 3,300 jobs, or nearly a quarter.
Manufacturing was down by 0.7% in May from the same month a year earlier, while construction services lost 0.4%.
Manufacturing added 1,300 new jobs in May to bring the year’s total to 2,834,000 and its lowest level since November.
The biggest gainers were the services sector, which added 1.8 million jobs, up 2.4%, and the transportation and warehousing sector, up 1.3%, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.
Manufacturing and the services sectors also grew faster than the overall economy, with gains in both categories.
The service sector gained 578,000; manufacturing added 563,000 while the goods sector added 1 million.