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US jobless rate remains at 8.2%

US shares have fallen after official data showed firms had created only 80,000 new jobs in June, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 8.2%.

Job creation remains below the 100,000 judged necessary by the Federal Reserve for a stable job market, according to the US Labor Department.

President Barack Obama said the rise in employment was "a step in the right direction", but also acknowledged that "it's still tough out there" for ordinary Americans.

Mark Gregory reports.

  • 06 Jul 2012
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