News Wrap: U.S. employers added fewer jobs than expected in August


JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: U.S.
businesses slowed their hiring in August amid global economic weakness and the tariff war
with China. The Labor Department reports employers added
a net of 130,000 jobs, fewer than expected. That total included 25,000 temporary workers
hired for the 2020 U.S. census. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent,
even as more people started looking for work. The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome
Powell, is playing down the risk of recession. He spoke at a conference in Switzerland today,
and gave an upbeat view of what lies ahead, despite some uncertainty. JEROME POWELL, Federal Reserve Chairman: Our
main expectation is not at all that there’ll be a recession. I did mention, though, that there are these
risks. And we’re monitoring them very carefully and
we’re conducting policy in a way that will address them. But, no, I wouldn’t see a recession as the
most likely outcome for the United States or for the world economy, for that matter. JUDY WOODRUFF: The Fed cut short-term interest
rates in July, and is widely expected to do so again this month. The Taliban staged another fatal assault in
Afghanistan today amid growing questions about a potential peace deal. The attack killed two people in the Western
province of Farah, and fighting continued in the city hours later. Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani postponed
a trip to Washington next week. His government says that a potential U.S.
agreement with the Taliban could lead to all-out civil war. In Hong Kong, some 2,000 pro-democracy protesters
surrounded a police station and subway stop in new confrontations with police. Officers answered with rubber bullets, tear
gas and pepper spray, and the demonstrators used umbrellas to shield themselves. They also rejected promises to kill a much-criticized
extradition law. JOHN CHAN, Student (through translator): The
government is one that doesn’t listen to the voice of the people. It doesn’t have a mandate from the people. All it listens to is the central people’s
government. This is an issue that, during the last two
to three months, everyone has been able to see really clearly. Our government is not working for us. JUDY WOODRUFF: The protesters are now calling
for an investigation of alleged police brutality and for direct elections of city leaders. The one-time strongman president of Zimbabwe,
Robert Mugabe has died. He led the African nation’s black majority
to power in 1980 and he ruled for 37 years, before being driven from office. JUDY WOODRUFF: Robert Mugabe was 95 years
old. Mexico now says the number of migrants arriving
at its border to cross into the United States has fallen more than 50 percent in the last
three months. The foreign minister announced today that
some 64,000 people were stopped from crossing in August. That’s down from more than 144,000 who crossed
in May. Mexico deployed thousands of troops and police
to slow the flow of migrants, after President Trump threatened tariffs. Back in this country, the Trump administration
opened a legal assault today on California and four automakers over emissions standards. The U.S. Justice Department notified Ford,
Honda, Volkswagen and BMW that they are being investigated for possible antitrust violations. In July, the companies adopted California’s
emissions standards, which are tougher than those the administration favors. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 69 points to close at 26797. The Nasdaq fell 13 points and the S&P 500
added two. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the psychological
trauma of separating children from their families at the border; Mark Shields and David Brooks
break down the week’s news, including funding decisions for the border wall and Democrats’
plans to address climate change; inside the new wing of the Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts; and much more.

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