US hiring surges in February as Democrats move on stimulus

Washington (AFP) – The US economy saw better-than-expected hiring in February as businesses battered by the pandemic began recruiting employees again, even as Congress moved forward with President Joe Biden’s massive stimulus proposal despite Republican opposition. Payrolls jumped by 379,000 last month, which was almost double expectations and pushed the unemployment rate down slightly to 6.2 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday, in a sign the world’s largest economy may finally be healing. The vast majority of the gains were in the leisure and hospitality sector, which includes the b…

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