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Employment outlook takes an encouraging turn

Employers nationwide added more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since late 2008, taming concerns that the US economy is sputtering.

The Department of Labor said Friday that companies increased payrolls by 165,000 jobs in April — better than most economists expected and enough to drop the jobless rate from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent.

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