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The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July and the unemployment grew to 6.2 percent, the Labor Department said on Friday.

The monthly jobs report came in slightly below economists' expectations of about 230,000 jobs, but the addition of more than 200,000 jobs for the sixth consecutive month was a positive sign for the labor market.

Average hourly earnings for employees edged up by a penny, and the Labor Department estimates for jobs created in May and June rose by 15,000 in revisions.

Initial reactions to the numbers were lukewarm.

But the slight increase in the unemployment rate, up from 6.1 percent, resulted from positive reasons because more people returned to the labor force in July.

The economy received good news on Wednesday with the announcement that the gross domestic product grew by 4 percent in the second quarter, a sharp rebound from a 2.1 percent drop the prior three months. 

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