Unemployment Rises 9.7%

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The unemployment rate in the United States rose to 9.7 percent in August, up from 9.4 percent the previous month, the Labor Department said Friday.

The 9.7 percent rate is the highest unemployment rate since July 1983, when the rate was 10.1 percent.

Many economists had expected unemployment to rise to 9.5%.

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