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Hiring surprisingly picked up in February

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(CNN) - The job market picked up more than expected in February, led by strong hiring in professional and business services.

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, an improvement from January and ahead of economists' expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7%, from 6.6% the prior month as more Americans joined the labor force. Both numbers were reported by the Department of Labor on Friday morning.

Prior to December, the economy had been adding an average of 205,000 jobs each month. Economists are hoping job growth will return to that level in the spring.

The professional and business services industries, which include accountants, lawyers and architects for example, added 79,000 jobs last month.

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