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News Words: Encouraging

News Words
Welcome to the Voice of America's "News Words," where we teach you about words in the news.

When you hear the word "encouraging" in a news story, what does it mean? In this monthly jobs report, was the news good or bad? 175,000 jobs created in an encouraging sign of improvement in our labor market.

"Encouraging" means to give hope that something good will happen -- in this case, more jobs will lead to a better economy. And if people encourage you to do something, it means they support you and want you to succeed.

Now, when you hear the word "encouraging," your English will be good enough to know what this News Word means.