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.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, photo, a line of people wait, as Neely Raffellini, left, helps job seekers revise their resumes during the Edison Career Fair job fair in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, photo, a line of people wait, as Neely Raffellini, left, helps job seekers revise their resumes during the Edison Career Fair job fair in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, photo, a line of people wait, as Neely Raffellini, left, helps job seekers revise their resumes during the Edison Career Fair job fair in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Racheel Weston, stood in line with a few hundred other job seekers, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Racheel Weston, stood in line with a few hundred other job seekers, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Racheel Weston, stood in line with a few hundred other job seekers, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act at Manchester High School Central in Manchester, New Hampshire November 22, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act at Manchester High School Central in Manchester
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act at Manchester High School Central in Manchester, New Hampshire November 22, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
People march in the Charlotte Labor Day Parade in Charlotte, North Carolina September 3, 2012. The Democratic National Convention opens in Charlotte this week. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
People march in the Charlotte Labor Day Parade in Charlotte, North Carolina
People march in the Charlotte Labor Day Parade in Charlotte, North Carolina September 3, 2012. The Democratic National Convention opens in Charlotte this week. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
People participate in a job fair in New York June 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
People participate in a job fair in New York
People participate in a job fair in New York June 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Mervin Sealy from Hickory, North Carolina, takes part in a protest rally outside the Capitol Building in Washington, October 5, 2011. Demonstrators were demanding that Congress create jobs, not make budget cuts during the protest. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)
Mervin Sealy from Hickory, North Carolina, takes part in a protest rally outside the Capitol Building in Washington
Mervin Sealy from Hickory, North Carolina, takes part in a protest rally outside the Capitol Building in Washington, October 5, 2011. Demonstrators were demanding that Congress create jobs, not make budget cuts during the protest. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)
Jobseekers stand in line to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. career fair held by the New York State department of Labor in New York April 12, 2012. A report on Friday showed the economy created only 120,000 jobs last month, the fewest since October. The unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent, but largely as people gave up the search for work. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Jobseekers stand in line to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. career fair held by the New York State department of Labor in New York
Jobseekers stand in line to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. career fair held by the New York State department of Labor in New York April 12, 2012. A report on Friday showed the economy created only 120,000 jobs last month, the fewest since October. The unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent, but largely as people gave up the search for work. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
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)
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)
A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco, California, January 25, 2009. California's unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in December, a 14-year high for the state and significantly higher than the month's national average of 7.2 percent. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco
A handmade sign painted on the side of a pickup truck reading "hard worker" is shown in San Francisco, California, January 25, 2009. California's unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in December, a 14-year high for the state and significantly higher than the month's national average of 7.2 percent. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES)
People wait in line to speak with recruiting representatives during a job fair in San Francisco, California, July 20, 2009. Hundreds of people applied for 30 jobs as bartenders, exotic dancers and waitresses at several San Francisco strip clubs. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES BUSINESS SOCIETY)
People wait in line to speak with recruiting representatives during a job fair in San Francisco
People wait in line to speak with recruiting representatives during a job fair in San Francisco, California, July 20, 2009. Hundreds of people applied for 30 jobs as bartenders, exotic dancers and waitresses at several San Francisco strip clubs. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES BUSINESS SOCIETY)
A counselor meets with job candidates during a job fair at Workforce1 in New York September 6, 2012. Workforce1 is a service provided by the New York City Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects candidates with job opportunities in the city. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A counselor meets with job candidates during a job fair at Workforce1 in New York
A counselor meets with job candidates during a job fair at Workforce1 in New York September 6, 2012. Workforce1 is a service provided by the New York City Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects candidates with job opportunities in the city. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A sign at an information station is shown at the One Stop employment center in San Francisco, California, August 12, 2009. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said that the city will use U.S. government stimulus money to create 1,000 new jobs for unemployed San Francisco residents. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A sign at an information station is shown at the One Stop employment center in San Francisco
A sign at an information station is shown at the One Stop employment center in San Francisco, California, August 12, 2009. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said that the city will use U.S. government stimulus money to create 1,000 new jobs for unemployed San Francisco residents. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seekers show their wristbands, signifying which spot they are in line, as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46, the union representing metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, in the Queens borough of New York, April 29, 2012. About 500 people have been camping in front of the offices for a week after the State Department of Labor and the union announced they were looking to hire iron and wood apprentices for 50 positions. On Monday the first 500 people, who were given wristbands, will be given applications for the 50 positions. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seekers show their wristbands as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46 in the Queens borough of New York
Job seekers show their wristbands, signifying which spot they are in line, as they wait in front of the training offices of Local Union 46, the union representing metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers, in the Queens borough of New York, April 29, 2012. About 500 people have been camping in front of the offices for a week after the State Department of Labor and the union announced they were looking to hire iron and wood apprentices for 50 positions. On Monday the first 500 people, who were given wristbands, will be given applications for the 50 positions. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A job seeker fills out an application during 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. Employers recruiting the homeless people of the downtown Skid Row area include UCLA Health Systems, U.S. Bank, California Army National Guard, UPS, Vons and Providian Staffing. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seeker fills out application during 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles
A job seeker fills out an application during 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. Employers recruiting the homeless people of the downtown Skid Row area include UCLA Health Systems, U.S. Bank, California Army National Guard, UPS, Vons and Providian Staffing. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Student Miles Spencer, 17, receives feedback on his resume during an interview as part of work readiness training at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California April 14, 2012. If the students performed well in their mock interviews with the volunteers, they will be eligible to interview for jobs with the L.A. County Bar Association. Picture taken April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Students interview during work readiness training at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Student Miles Spencer, 17, receives feedback on his resume during an interview as part of work readiness training at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California April 14, 2012. If the students performed well in their mock interviews with the volunteers, they will be eligible to interview for jobs with the L.A. County Bar Association. Picture taken April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. U.S. jobs growth probably snapped back in May from weather-related distortions that had slowed hiring, suggesting the economy was still expanding moderately despite strong headwinds from Europe. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles
Job seekers fill out applications during the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. U.S. jobs growth probably snapped back in May from weather-related distortions that had slowed hiring, suggesting the economy was still expanding moderately despite strong headwinds from Europe. REUTERS/David McNew (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A man holds his briefcase while waiting in line during a job fair in Melville, New York July 19, 2012. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rebounded last week, returning to levels consistent with only modest job growth after a seasonal quirk caused a sharp drop the prior period. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
A man holds his briefcase while waiting in line during a job fair in Melville, New York
A man holds his briefcase while waiting in line during a job fair in Melville, New York July 19, 2012. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rebounded last week, returning to levels consistent with only modest job growth after a seasonal quirk caused a sharp drop the prior period. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 6, 2011. New claims for jobless benefits moved higher last week, but a decline in the four-week average to a nearly 2-1/2-year low suggested the labor market continues to improve. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Job seekers prepare for career fair to open at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 6, 2011. New claims for jobless benefits moved higher last week, but a decline in the four-week average to a nearly 2-1/2-year low suggested the labor market continues to improve. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
A woman looks at a list of employers behind recruiters booths during the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York March 20, 2009. Students and alumni from CUNY's eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the Graduate Center (CUNY's doctoral-granting graduate school) and the Macaulay Honors College will attend the job fair, meeting employers searching for a college-educated applicant pool. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EDUCATION)
A woman looks at a list of employers behind recruiters booths during the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair in New York
A woman looks at a list of employers behind recruiters booths during the 2009 CUNY Big Apple Job Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York March 20, 2009. Students and alumni from CUNY's eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the Graduate Center (CUNY's doctoral-granting graduate school) and the Macaulay Honors College will attend the job fair, meeting employers searching for a college-educated applicant pool. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EDUCATION)
A person dressed as a bunny walks down the street with a sign in New York May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A person dressed as a bunny walks down the street with a sign in New York
A person dressed as a bunny walks down the street with a sign in New York May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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