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Jobless Rate Rises to 7.9 pct

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WASHINGTON (OfficialWire) — U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January and hiring was stronger over the past two years than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady while economic growth sputtered.

The mostly upbeat Labor Department report included one discouraging sign: the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. The unemployment rate is calculated from a survey of households, while job gains come from a survey of employers.

Read More at OfficialWire .By Christopher S. Rugaber.

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