Companies in the U.S. added workers in July for a seventh straight month at a pace that suggests the labor-market recovery will be slow to take hold. Private payrolls that exclude government agencies rose by 71,000 after a June gain of 31,000 that was smaller than previously reported, Labor Department figures in Washington showed today. Economists projected a 90,000 July increase, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. Overall employment fell 131,000 and unemployment held at 9.5 percent. Stock-index futures fell as the report showed an economy that will be slow in recouping the 8.4 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007 U.S. Companies Add 71,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 9.5% - Bloomberg FEARLESS LEADER IS WORKING A MIRACLE IN STOPPING THIS DEPRESSION.