The U.S. economy added 157,000 new jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9%, but wage growth continued to lag behind inflation. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast 193,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate of 3.9%.
The bottom line: The U.S. economy is still in the longest-ever streak of job growth. The Labor Department today also increased prior month estimates for job growth. "The reality is the economy is on a very strong trajectory," Invesco Chief Global Market Strategist Kristina Hooper tells CNBC. Yet a years-long wages slog for working America continues.