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A woman fills out a job application as she attends a job fair in New York in this file photo taken June 11, 2013.
A woman fills out a job application as she attends a job fair in New York in this file photo taken June 11, 2013.
(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

BREAKINGVIEWS

Beware misleading U.S. job-creation stats

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U.S. job creation is looking stronger than it really is. The average of 202,000 new positions a month in 2013 is the best first half since 2005, after Friday’s report for June showed a better-than-expected 195,000 new positions. But the jobless rate is stuck at 7.6 per cent as more Americans gradually look for work. While the Federal Reserve has to start reversing its easy money policy sometime, employment is still far from strong enough to force its hand.