Article Photos: Consistent hiring points to stronger economy ahead 2/4

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga. The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than many had thought.  Solid job growth in November cut the U.S. unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)