U.S. added robust 273K jobs in Feb. before virus escalated

U.S. EMPLOYERS added employers added 273,000 jobs in February. / AP FILE PHOTO/WILFREDO LEE
U.S. EMPLOYERS added employers added 273,000 jobs in February. / AP FILE PHOTO/WILFREDO LEE
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring jumped in February as employers added 273,000 jobs, evidence that the economy was in strong shape before the coronavirus began to sweep through the United States. The said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching a 50-year low, down from 3.6% in January. The job gain comes from a…

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