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The US economy added a solid 165,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent, its lowest level since Dec 2008, the Labor Department said Friday. The better-than-expected monthly jobs data also showed much stronger hiring in February and March -- data revisions showed 114,000 more jobs were generated than originally thought in that period. The job gains were all in the private sector, as government continued to shed jobs amid tough spending cuts.