Unexpectedly strong jobs report – ‘Economy is thriving’

By Around the Web

(KOMO) In a month marred by a record-length partial government shutdown, the United States labor market continued to expand in January, upending expectations by adding 304,000 new jobs, according to data released Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly jobs report the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4 percent despite job gains in the leisure and hospitality, construction, health care, and transportation and warehousing industries. In the 100th consecutive month of job growth, average hourly earnings were up 3.2 percent over the previous year.

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