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US Jobless Rate Drops

The U.S. economy had a net gain of 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.3 percent. That is the lowest jobless rate since 2008; however, officials say the rate fell partly because more than 400,000 people gave up their job search and are therefore no longer counted as unemployed. Thursday's report from the Labor Department says job gains were seen in business services, health care and the retail trade. Job losses continued in...

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