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U.S. economy adds 379,000 jobs in February as hiring speeds up

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The U.S. created 379,000 new jobs in February --- the biggest gain in four months --- in what's likely to be a preview of a surge in hiring in the months ahead as most people get vaccinated and the economy fully reopens. The unemployment rate slipped to 6.2% from 6.3%. See full story.

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