WASHINGTON — The May employment report gave another weak, recession-like reading Friday, but its most striking inclusion was a 20-year-high 0.5-point jump in the unemployment rate to 5.5%, which probably overstates the weakening in the labor market.

The overall tenor of the employment report was weak, however, with payrolls down 49,000. In contrast, average hourly earnings continued to rise, up 0.3% to a 3.5% increase over the year.

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