The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Thursday.
The nonfarm payroll rose 223,000, according to the BLS.
The unemployment rate had been 5.5 percent. The number of long-term unemployed people — those who were unemployed 27 weeks or more — fell by 381,000 to 2.1 million.
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