Unemployment chronicles

Job seekers show their wristbands as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46 in the Queens borough of New York

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Private employers hired more workers than expected in February and demand for a range of factory goods was solid in January, hopeful signs for the economy as it deals with higher taxes and deep government budget cuts. Strong auto sales, better hiring and a continued housing recovery helped the U.S. economy grow throughout the country.

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