U.S. Economy Adds 217,000 Jobs in May

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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesJob seekers at a San Francisco career fair earlier this week.

By Lucia Mutikani

U.S. employers maintained a solid pace of hiring in May, returning employment to its pre-recession level and offering confirmation the economy has snapped back from a winter slump.

Nonfarm payrolls increased 217,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Data for March and April was revised to show 6,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported.