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Labor Force Participation Rises
The August U.S. jobs picture was stronger than expected, with non-farm payrolls expanding by 315,000, though the prior two months were revised down. The household survey showed an increase of 442,000 jobs, reversing course after showing no significant net change since March. The unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, but this is arguably for good reason: The very important labor force participation rate had an even larger move from 62.1% to 62.4%.
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