SUNRISE, FLORIDA - JUNE 23: A 'Now Hiring' sign is seen on the CareStaff company table setup at the Mega Job Fair held at the FLA Live Arena on June 23, 2022 in Sunrise, Florida. The job fair had 8,000 jobs available from 100 different employers and expected approximately 3000 people to attend the fair. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying anxiety about a possible recession and raging inflation, America’s employers added a surprising 528,000 jobs last month, restoring all the jobs lost in the coronavirus recession as the country’s hiring boom continued. Unemployment fell to 3.5%, lowest since the pandemic struck in early 2020. July’s job creation was up from 398,000 in June. The American job market has repeatedly defied skeptics this year. Economists had expected only 250,000 new jobs in July.