Dow hits 17,000 for first time in history

A strong jobs report pushed up the stock market higher Thursday, July 3, 2014, with the Dow Jones industrial average crossing 17,000 for the first time. The Department of Labor said employers added 288,000 workers in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. | AP file photo/Mark Lennihan
A strong jobs report pushed up the stock market higher Thursday, July 3, 2014, with the Dow Jones industrial average crossing 17,000 for the first time. The Department of Labor said employers added 288,000 workers in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. | AP file photo/Mark Lennihan

Stock market history was made today thanks to another good jobs report, according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average jumped above 17,000 for the first time Thursday after the government reported a surge in hiring last month that was much bigger than investors and economists were expecting.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow rose 72 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,048 as of 11:04 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose seven points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,981. The Nasdaq composite rose 18 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,476.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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