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Weak Growth, Tight Job Markets Are a Global Phenomenon

Economists cite aging populations and relatively low immigration as factors that became more pronounced during the pandemic

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From Berlin to Tokyo to Wellington, economic growth is slowing or turning negative across advanced economies, yet labor markets remain historically tight.

Talk of a “jobful recession” has centered on the U.S., where payrolls grew by more than half a million in July and the unemployment rate declined to its prepandemic low of 3.5% even as economic output contracted in the three months through June. The same conundrum crops up around the world.

 

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