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It will be hard to match January's big gain of 304,000 jobs, but another strong increase in payrolls is expected despite a bad winter seen by weather-sensitive industries. Nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 181,000 in February, with the unemployment rate falling back below 4% and average hourly earnings rising by 0.3%. The release will be welcomed by economists, who are still frustrated by the lack of data and delays prompted by the government shutdown.