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Whiff of optimism draws out job seekers

Hundreds of thousands of Americans, among them many who had given up during bleaker economic times, are again looking for work as they perceive improving job prospects in a slowly strengthening recovery, economists said.

Nearly 1 million people have reentered the labor market since September, a trend that contributed to the slight rise in the unemployment rate last month, to 7.9 percent, the US Labor Department reported Friday. While no one welcomes an increase in the jobless rate, economists said a growing labor force is a component of a healthy job market.

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