The U.S. econ­omy

The Washington Post Sunday - - TAK­ING STOCK -

added a healthy 235,000 jobs in Fe­bru­ary, sur­pass­ing econ­o­mists’ ex­pec­ta­tions and prob­a­bly clear­ing the way for the Fed­eral Re­serve to raise in­ter­est rates this month. The un­em­ploy­ment rate ticked down to 4.7 per­cent, com­pared with 4.8 per­cent in Jan­uary, and wages rose by 6 cents to $26.09 in Fe­bru­ary. Con­sumers pulled back on credit card debt in Jan­uary. To­tal bor­row­ing rose $8.8 bil­lion com­pared with an in­crease of $14.8 bil­lion in De­cem­ber — the small­est monthly gain since bor­row­ing only went up $7.6 bil­lion in July 2012.

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