The 1 Number That's Slamming the Dow Right Now

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin talks about the one big number that's crushing the Dow Jones Industrials Average right now: 115,000. That's the disappointingly low number of jobs the U.S. economy added in April. In some ways it's really not so bad, but it fell short of the 165,000 estimate many were hoping for. Unfortunately, some feel that it occupies the middle ground between disappointing and not bad enough that it will spur the Fed into more quantitative easing. The unemployment level also fell to 8.1%, but that's a deceptive number because it appears artificially lower as fewer people are actively looking for work than before.

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