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WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 117,000 jobs in July, the government said Friday, offering a small amount of optimism after the worst stock-market sell-off since the 2008 financial crisis.
The Labor Department’s latest jobs report marked an improvement over the 18,000 net jobs created in June — the fewest in nine months — and the 25,000 in May. The unemployment rate ticked down to 9.1 percent in July from 9.2 percent in the previous month.
But over time, a 117,000 monthly jobs gain isn’t enough to keep the unemployment rate from rising