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In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The government issues the July jobs report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to address the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she doesn't see a need for the Fed to start raising interest rates to address the risk that extremely low rates could destabilize the financial system. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar.

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Job seeker Staci Sudduth, left, talks to job recruiters Cameron Quin, center, and Jay Kington, right, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale July 16. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Job seeker Staci Sudduth, left, talks to job recruiters Cameron Quin, center, and Jay Kington, right, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale July 16. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month.

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Army veteran John Godman, right, talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan, center, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Army veteran John Godman, right, talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan, center, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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Jobless aid applications at lowest level in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years.

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Mark Ahlemann, center, passes out papers during a during an employment breakfast networking session hosted by Gray Hair Management at a restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Mark Ahlemann, center, passes out papers during a during an employment breakfast networking session hosted by Gray Hair Management at a restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
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US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

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Sabate Russo asks Governor Chris Christie a question during a 'Conversation at the Jersey Shore' in Long Beach Township
Sabate Russo asks Governor Chris Christie a question during a 'Conversation at the Jersey Shore' in Long Beach Township (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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FIRST NEWS PLUS for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Jersey's First News, hosted by Eric Scott, written and produced by Matthew White and Patrick Lavery. Full podcast available below. Digital support, with additional links, by Dan Alexander.

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