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US economy's growth streak continues

US employers added a higher-than-expected 213,000 jobs last month, extending the US economy's long-running growth streak.
 
The manufacturing sector helped power the gains, adding 36,000 jobs, but the retail sector shed 22,000 positions.
 
The unemployment rate ticked up to four per cent from 3.8 per cent, as the strong labour market encouraged more people to look for work.
 
However, the annual increase in average hourly earnings was unchanged at 2.7 per cent.
 


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