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Job seekers show their wristbands as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46 in the Queens borough of New York

Job seekers show their wristbands, signifying which spot they are in line, as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46, the union representing metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, in the Queens borough of New York, April 29, 2012. About 500 people have been camping in front of the offices for a week after the State Department of Labor and the union announced they were looking to hire iron and wood apprentices for 50 positions. On Monday the first 500 people, who were given wristbands, will be given applications for the 50 positions. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (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.