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A counselor meets with job candidates during a job fair at Workforce1 in New York

A counselor meets with job candidates during a job fair at Workforce1 in New York September 6, 2012. Workforce1 is a service provided by the New York City Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects candidates with job opportunities in the city. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Unemployment chronicles

Private employers hired more workers than expected in February and

demand for a range of factory goods was solid in January, hopeful signs

for the economy as it deals with higher taxes and deep government budget

cuts. Strong auto sales, better hiring and a continued housing recovery helped

the U.S. economy grow throughout the country.