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Employers add a stunning 236,000 jobs in February

8:10 PM, Mar. 8, 2013
Employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent.
Employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent.
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Employers added a much-better-than-expected 236,000 jobs in February as the labor market continued to shrug off a recent payroll tax hike and the prospect of big federal spending cuts.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent. The consensus forecast of economists had estimated the economy added 160,000 jobs in February.

Businesses added 246,000 jobs, while federal, state and local governments cut 10,000. Professional and business services, construction and health care led broad-based job gains. ...

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