Jobless Rate Holds at 7.8 Percent

Construction and manufacturing showed encouraging signs of growth in December.

Job seekers gather for employment opportunities at the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission on Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Job seekers gather for employment opportunities at the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair at the Los Angeles Mission on Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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