WASHINGTON — Private economists have revised forecasts for the unemployment rate this year down to 8.3% and are “seeing strength” in recent economic data, according to the latest survey of the National Association for Business Economics released Monday.

The jobless rate forecast is down from 8.9% in November. Average monthly payrolls were projected at 170,000 this year, up from 127,000 forecast in the last NABE outlook in November. Economists see 2013 unemployment at 7.8%, with average monthly payroll gains of 183,000.

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