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A person dressed as a bunny walks down the street with a sign in New York

A person dressed as a bunny walks down the street with a sign in New York May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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.