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Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.8 Percent, Lowest Since 2000

The economy gained a stronger-than-expected 223,000 jobs and the unemployment rate edged down to an 18-year low. President Trump hinted at a strong report more than an hour before its release.
A "help wanted" sign hangs on a window of a restaurant in New York City. The U.S. economy gained a stronger-than-expected 223,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to an 18-year low. Source: Drew Angerer

Updated at 10:26 a.m. ET

As the country has clawed its way back from the worst recession in generations, companies have been creating plenty of jobs. Employers added another 223,000 positions last month alone, the Labor Department said Friday. And the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.8

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