U.S. job growth surges, unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent
* Nonfarm payrolls increase 288,000 in June
* Unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent
* Average hourly earnings up 6 cents, workweek steady
By Lucia Mutikani
WASHINGTON – U.S. employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1 percent, effectively dispelling fears about the economy's health and underscoring its momentum heading into the second half of 2014.
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