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Help Wanted sign A steady pace of hiring and gradually rising wages, along with lower taxes, are helping underpin consumer spending and propelling a rebound in U.S. growth. (Photo: Shutterstock)

U.S. hiring topped forecasts in June while unemployment rose from an 18-year low and wage gains unexpectedly slowed, indicating the labor market has room to keep expanding.

Nonfarm payrolls climbed 213,000 after an upwardly revised 244,000 advance, Labor Department figures showed Friday. The median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg called for a gain of 195,000 jobs. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent from the prior month — less than forecasts for the second straight 0.3 percent gain — while the jobless rate increased to 4 percent from 3.8 percent, the first rise in almost a year.

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