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U.S. added 235,000 jobs in February, unemployment 4.7%

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Staff Writer | March 10, 2017
The U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, according to government data.
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Working in America   The Labor Department:
The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7 percent, compared with 4.8 percent in January.

Wages rose by 6 cents to $26.09, following a disappointingly low 3-cent increase the month before.

Educational services, manufacturing, health care and mining accounted for much of the hiring last month. Construction employment surged, as unseasonably warm weather in many states allowed crews to work throughout February.

The Labor Department also revised its estimates for job creation in December and January, increasing the number of jobs added to 9,000 more than previously reported.

December was revised down from 157,000 jobs to 155,000, and the change for January was revised up from 227,000 jobs to 238,000.