Economists had predicted a rise of 183,000 jobs.
"Average hourly earnings also fell for the first time in nine months," the Journal said.
"Friday's [Labor Department] report also said that average earnings fell by 2 cents to $23.98 an hour. . . " The American economy has expanded at only a 1.4 percent annualized pace in the first half of 2013.
"Consumer spending is a key driver of growth in the U.S. economy, representing more than two-thirds of economic demand," the Journal said. "And with both government spending and exports weak in recent months, the economy is relying ever more heavily on consumers for fuel."
But Americans' disposable income, adjusted for inflation, fell for the first time in months.
What Americans don't make, they can't spend.
Which augurs poorly for the argument that higher taxes are just the ticket in this situation.