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Unemployed people hold signs along Market Street in San Francisco

Tania Khadder (L), 29, and John Henion, 32, both unemployed online journalists, hold signs announcing a new blog called "unemploymentality.com" along Market Street in San Francisco, California December 9, 2008. Both have been laid off from their media jobs and are starting the blog to document the current economic situation from their point of view, and others in similar situations. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)

Unemployment chronicles

Private employers hired more workers than expected in February and

demand for a range of factory goods was solid in January, hopeful signs

for the economy as it deals with higher taxes and deep government budget

cuts. Strong auto sales, better hiring and a continued housing recovery helped

the U.S. economy grow throughout the country.