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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%.

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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

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.

Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RMS: "While, the job gains are stout, we are growing increasingly concerned that average hourly earnings are simply not keeping up the pace of inflation. Given that, the consumer price index is up 2.9 percent over the past year it would be generous to describe inflation-adjusted gains as flat."

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"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest — triggering widespread power outages and flooding.

Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

“You blew it”: GOP activist turns on corporations over vaccine mandates

The chairman of the American Conservative Union said on "Axios on HBO" he accepts "Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed," but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — with greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.

The big picture: In a joint interview with his wife, Mercedes, Matt Schlapp also refused to share their vaccination status. And he told corporate America "you blew it" by embracing vaccine mandates and liberal social stances that have alienated GOP voters and politicians.

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Pelosi expects “billionaire’s tax” to pay for Biden social spending

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday she expects the chamber to pass the bipartisan infrastructure plan by week’s end, and alternatives to corporate tax hikes and a “billionaires tax” will be used to finance President Biden’s promised expansion to the social safety net.

Why it matters: Pelosi’s comments come as House and Senate leaders try to wrap up a deal. What will get cut — and how the remainder will be paid — are linchpins to a final agreement.

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