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215,000 jobs added in July in broad-based gain

Jobless rate remains at seven-year low of 5.3%

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FILLING VACANCIES: The persistent pace of hiring this year indicates companies are sanguine about prospects for demand in the face of a tempered global growth outlook.

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EMPLOYERS added 215,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate held at a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent, signs of further progress in the US labour market that's keeping the Federal Reserve on the path towards raising interest rates as soon as next month.

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