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U.S. economy adds just 151,000 jobs in August

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in August, beneath the 173,000 forecast and far lower than the big gains seen in June and July, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. The tally for June was cut from 292,000 to 271,000, and the July gain was bumped up from 255,000 to 275,000.

The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. Analysts said the hiring slowdown was not shocking, as companies cut investments and had trouble finding workers, and that it probably would delay the Federal Reserve's next rate hike closer to the end of 2016.