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Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles

Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. U.S. jobs growth probably snapped back in May from weather-related distortions that had slowed hiring, suggesting the economy was still expanding moderately despite strong headwinds from Europe. REUTERS/David McNew (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.