Hiring in February shaves jobless rate

7.7% unemployment lowest in 4 years

Posted: March 9, 2013 at 3:36 a.m.

Ann Oganesian (left) of Newton, Mass., speaks with a State Department employee during a job fair in Boston last month. February saw U.S. employers add 236,000 jobs.

WASHINGTON — Employers added a stronger than-expected 236,000 jobs in February as the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest in more than four years, the Labor Department said Friday.

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