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US employers added 211,000 jobs, unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent

Posted on May 5, 2017

MAY 05, 2017
ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring rebounded in April as U.S. employers added 211,000 jobs, a sign the economy’s sluggish growth in the first three months of the year may prove temporary.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.4 percent from 4.5 percent, reaching its lowest level in a decade.

The figures suggest that businesses expect consumer demand to rebound after a lackluster showing in the first quarter, when Americans boosted their spending at the slowest pace in seven years.

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