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Firms add 217,000 to May payrolls

Monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3% in U.S.

Posted: June 7, 2014 at 2:12 a.m.

AP/DAVID COATES - A Quicken Loans recruiter (left) talks with a job seeker at a Detroit job fair in April. U.S. employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, the Labor Department reported Friday, a substantial gain for a fourth-straight month, fueling hope among economists that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.

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