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Job Numbers for May Weaker Than Expected

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Job Numbers for May Weaker Than Expected

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Job Numbers for May Weaker Than Expected

Job Numbers for May Weaker Than Expected

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The economy creates 78,000 new jobs in May, according to new government figures. That was well below the market's expectations and well short of April's figure. May's job number was the weakest in 15 months, although the overall unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent.

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