WASHINGTON — Another solid month of hiring in June could signal the start of a stronger second half of the year for the U.S. economy.

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Economists predict that the government will report Friday that employers added 165,000 jobs last month, roughly in line with May's increase. The unemployment rate is expected to stay at a still-high 7.6 percent.

The Labor Department will release the employment report at 8:30 a.m. today.

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