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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., left, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., talks about jobs and the latest government report on unemployment, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years.. Hiring accelerated across the economy and up and down


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