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September jobless rate falls to 6-year low of 5.9%

Trade gap narrows unexpectedly in August on record US exports

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SIGNS OF VIGOUR: The stronger-than-expected 248,000 gain in payrolls last month reflected a pickup at grocery stores, factories and restaurants.

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THE US jobless rate declined to a six-year low of 5.9 per cent in September and employers in the US added more workers than projected, signs of more vigour in the labour market that will help sustain faster economic growth.

The 248,000 gain in payrolls followed a 180,000

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