Economies

US Jobless Rate Falls to 7-year Low; Fed Move Still Unclear

In this Aug. 24, 2015 photo, workers paint the Julien Dubuque Bridge along U.S. 20 in Dubuque, Iowa. The U.S. government issues the August jobs report on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this Aug. 24, 2015 photo, workers paint the Julien Dubuque Bridge along U.S. 20 in Dubuque, Iowa. The U.S. government issues the August jobs report on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

WASHINGTON— The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for...




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