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U.S. unemployment rate hits 5.1%, lowest in 7 years

Talk about a toss up. The state of U.S. jobs is pretty healthy. But the latest jobs report presented a mixed bag of news.

First the good: the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1%, down by nearly half since the peak (10%) during the Great Recession.

While it was a healthy sign, August's job gains sent more of a mixed message.

The economy added 173,000 jobs in August. It was a decent gain in jobs for the month, but below the average monthly jobs gains -- 212,000 jobs -- so far this year.

The jobs number also fell below expectations. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney projected that the economy would add 207,000 jobs.