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In this Oct. 24 photo, job seekers wait in line to see employers at the National Career Fairs' job fair in New York. According to government reports released Friday, the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

US economy adds 171K jobs; rate rises to 7.9 pct.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently.

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