WASHINGTON - The U.S. July employment report was stronger than expected but overall mixed; it is too soon to determine if this is a turn to a better trend that will take advantage of recent economic patterns that suggest better growth in the fall.

July payrolls printed up 163,000 overall and up 172,000 for private jobs. But the unemployment rate at a 0.1-point rise to 8.3% (really just a fractional 0.04 point higher unrounded) is not confirming the jobs gain. There was nothing very unusual in the 63.7% labor force participation rate or the 58.4% employment-population ratio.

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