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US Job Gains Accelerate in January, But Unemployment Hits 5.7%


U.S. companies beat expectations in the government’s latest jobs report, hiring 257,000 workers in January. The Labor Department also raised job gains in the previous two months by 150,000 jobs. Although job growth was strong, it wasn’t enough to lower the unemployment rate, which rose slightly to 5.7 percent. But analysts say last month's job numbers reinforce the notion of a steadily improving U.S. economy, at least for now. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.

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