WASHINGTON -- The unexpected jump in the jobless rate to 7.5% from 7.2% renewed speculation in the bond market Friday that Federal Reserve officials may be forced to trim short-term interest rates again, especially if the money supply does not pick up soon.

But many analysts felt the Fed would wait for further signs before taking any action.

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