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Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 6, 2011. New claims for jobless benefits moved higher last week, but a decline in the four-week average to a nearly 2-1/2-year low suggested the labor market continues to improve. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)

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.