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Still, economists worry that consumer spending may weaken further if hiring and pay don’t pick up.

Workers’ average hourly earnings have risen just 1.7 percent in the 12 months ended in May. That increase is well below the pace of inflation during this period.

And job growth has slowed since the start of the year. Employers added 226,000 jobs on average during the first three months of the year; they have added an average of 73,000 jobs a month since April.

In the January-March quarter, overall economic growth slowed to an annual rate of 1.9 percent, down from a 3 percent rate of increase in the October-December period.

The strength in the first three months of this year was led by the fastest growth in consumer spending in more than a year.