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VIDEO: June jobs report shows growth

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The United States economy added 288,000 jobs in June, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report. That number added to a string of recent months of strong job growth, which is now at 1.4 million jobs created in the first six months of 2014.

"That is more jobs that have been created in the first six months of any years since 1999," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

The unemployment rate is now at 6.1 percent which is down from 6.3 percent in May.

Earnest said now is the time to take advantage of this upward swing.

"These strong numbers that we saw in today's report only give the president a greater sense of urgency to making sure that we're capitalizing on this momentum and making sure that middle class families across the country are benefiting from this recovery," said Earnest.

The White House is emphasizing that growing this economy means doing it from the middle class out.

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