June 4 (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil futures fell more than $2 on Friday after a report showed U.S. non-farm payrolls rose in May by a less-than-expected 431,000.
The report had been expected to show 513,000 non-farm jobs were added to the U.S. economy, with a big boost from Census Bureau hiring, compared with an increase of 290,000 in April.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange at 9:01 a.m. EDT (1301 GMT), July crude CLN0 was down $1.90, or 2.55 percent, at $72.71 a barrel, having dropped as low as $72.47. The earlier intraday peak was $75.42. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by John Picinich)