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The stimulus added how many jobs?

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This final note today, in which the economic stimulus package of 2009 returns.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said today the tail end of the $800 billion Congress authorized two-and-a-half years ago added three-tenths of a percent to the third quarter GDP number that came out this morning.

As these things tend to go, though, it was vague in a couple of key areas.

How many jobs the stimulus package added: anywhere from 500,000 to 3.3 million. Which is a margin of error of, yeah, I dunno.

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