By Jonathan Davies

The US economy created 280,000 jobs in May, according to official figures, more than analysts predicted.

The US Labor Department said "Job gains occurred in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and health care."

A separate survey, however, found that the US unemployment rate rose slightly from 5.4% to 5.5%.

Labour Department figures also showed that average earnings were up 0.3% in May.

It comes ahead of an expected rebound in the US economy after a surprise 0.7% contraction in the first quarter.