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U.S. unemployment dips below 8 percent for first time since 2009

The U.S. unemployment rate in September dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

By PAUL WISEMAN and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Published: October 6, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since the month President Barack Obama took office.

The rate, the most-watched measure of the country’s economic health, fell to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August. A government survey of households found 873,000 more people had jobs, the biggest jump since January 2003.

The government’s...

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