Economists had predicted 225,000 new jobs created, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. In June, stronger-than-expected employment numbers surprised Wall Street and economist when the Labor Department said a revised 298,000 jobs had been created.
The economy strengthened significantly during the April-June quarter, the government said Wednesday, after contracting sharply in the first three months of the year. Last quarter's bounce-back assuaged fears that the economy hadn't been strong enough to support this year's rapid hiring.
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