US employers add solid 280k jobs; rate inches up to 5.5 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May, leading to the slight increase.

US employers add solid 280k jobs; rate inches up to 5.5 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May, leading to the slight increase.

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