Jobs report might determine Fed's next move

09/1/2013 | MarketWatch

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The employment report for August, due this week, might be the final piece of the puzzle that determines whether the Federal Reserve begins scaling back bond buying this month. The key figure is 192,000, the average number of jobs added each month this year. If the August total is higher, the Fed might decide to taper, despite other weaker-than-expected data.

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