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By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment unchanged, and the mining sector purging more jobs. April payrolls were also lowered, meaning 60,000 fewer jobs were created during the two months than previously reported.
New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks closed a holiday-shortened week slightly lower Thursday following a mixed US jobs report and as investors awaited Greece's weekend referendum over its economic fate.