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Employers added 54K jobs, rate ticks up to 9.1 pct


WASHINGTON — American employers hired only 54,000 new workers in May, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.

The Labor Department report offered startling evidence that the U.S. economy is slowing, hampered by high gas prices and natural disasters in Japan that have hurt U.S. manufacturers.

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Job seekers Adriana Miunoz, 20, second from left, and Isha Hawkins 19, register for jobs at the 10th annual Skid Row Career Fair held at the Los Angele...

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