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Jobs market shakes off winter’s icy grip

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By Lucia Mutikani

Reuters

WASHINGTON — Employers hired at a brisk pace last month and ramped up the hours their workers put in on the job, the strongest signals yet the economy was breaking free of its winter doldrums.

At the same time, the jobless rate held near a five-year low even as Americans poured into the labor market to hunt for work.

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