Unemployment chronicles

Associated Press
In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, photo, a line of people wait, as Neely Raffellini, left, helps job seekers revise their resumes during the Edison Career Fair job fair in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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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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