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In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Racheel Weston, stood in line with a few hundred other job seekers, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Unemployment chronicles

January 8, 2013

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.