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US Unemployment Rate Unchanged In July

The Labor Department says the national unemployment rate was 9.5% in July, the same as it was in June. Private employers created 71,000 jobs.  A lot of people got temporary jobs with the Census Bureau this year; 141,000 jobs ended in July. David Wyss, Standard and Poor's chief economist, spotted a disturbing trend for NPR Newscasts: more than 100,000 workers also lost jobs in financially strapped state and local governments. Many governments started a new fiscal year on July 1 by handing out pink slips.