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The nation’s employers stepped up their hiring in May, adding a robust 339,000 jobs, well above expectations and evidence of enduring strength in an economy that the Federal Reserve is desperately trying to cool. Friday’s report from the government reflected the job market’s resilience after more than a year of rapid interest rate increases by the Fed. Many industries, from construction to restaurants to health care, are still adding jobs to keep up with consumer demand and restore their workforces to pre-pandemic levels. Yet there were some mixed messages in the jobs figures, which also showed that the unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, from a five-decade low of 3.4% in April.

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Former President Donald Trump is keeping up a steady drumbeat of criticism of his chief Republican rival, Ron DeSantis. Trump on Thursday jumped on remarks by the Florida governor on the campaign trail to try to highlight the former president's own strength as the leading GOP presidential candidate. Trump appeared in Iowa as DeSantis campaigned in New Hampshire. Trump made a point of telling about 200 members of a conservative club gathered at a Des Moines-area restaurant they could ask him questions. Trump's offer came not long after DeSantis snapped at an Associated Press reporter who asked him why he wasn't taking questions from voters during his events.

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