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May 2, 2014 — U.S. employers added far more jobs than expected — 288,000 — in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. In a separate survey, the unemployment rate dipped by 0.4 percentage points.
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Mar 7, 2014 — There were 175,000 jobs added to payrolls last month. That's about 25,000 more than economists forecast. The unemployment rate, though, edged up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in January.
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Jan 10, 2014 — The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.
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Jan 9, 2014 — It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
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Dec 6, 2013 — The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent and employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largely positive data could build anticipation that the Federal Reserve might move to taper its stimulus program.
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Oct 22, 2013 — Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier. The report, which was delayed more than two weeks because of the partial government shutdown, is the latest look at how the economy is faring.
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Oct 22, 2013 — Figures for September are to be released Tuesday morning. The data were delayed by the government shutdown. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate was unchanged from August's 7.3 percent.
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Sep 6, 2013 — The news is close to, but a bit less strong, than what economists had been expecting. Within the report, though, was a troubling revision: It's now estimated that just 104,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, not the 162,000 previously thought.
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Jun 7, 2013 — There were about 175,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls. But the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from April's 7.5 percent.
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May 3, 2013 — The jobs report for April showed stronger job creation and a four-year low in the unemployment rate, sending stocks soaring. But the monthly numbers, while encouraging, are bound to be revised. That suggests that perhaps we're paying too much attention to them.
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