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A quick guide to the latest jobs report

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 288,000 jobs were added in June, and the unemployment rate has now dropped to 6.1 percent.
JJ Feinauer, Deseret News Modified: July 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014

Unemployment has dropped to a national average of 6.1 percent, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of jobs added also has many optimistic. According to the report, 288,000 "nonfarm payroll" jobs have been added to the american workforce. According to Politico's Zachary Warmbrodt. That's well over 70,000 more jobs than most economists expected from this report.

"Is the economy finally rousing itself after all these drowsy post-recession years?" Slate's Jordan Weissmann asked Thursday. "I think there’s some reason for optimism," he wrote, "especially given the fact that employers kept hiring while the economy retracted during the winter."

But even Weissmann thinks it important to keep some of the more nuanced elements of the jobs report in perspective.

Weissmann, as well as The New York Times' Neil Irwin, are reserving their enthusiasm principally because "we've seen this before."

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