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A job seeker talks to an exhibitor at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver on April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Unemployment rate drops to 7.5 percent

WASHINGTON — Employment rose faster than expected in April and hiring was much stronger than previously thought in the prior two months, a sign of resilience that should help the economy bear the blow from belt-tightening in Washington.

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