The US unemployment rate rose slightly last month, but remained below 8 percent, as US employers added jobs for the 25th consecutive month, signs of a slow but steadily advancing recovery just days before voters head to the polls in a election that has hinged on their views of the economy. In its last report before the election, the Labor Department estimated the unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in October, and employers added 171,000 jobs.
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