US job picture mixed
- Published: 1 Feb 2013 at 20.47
- Online news:
Job growth in the United States in January was short of expectations and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% from 7.8%, according to figures released on Friday.
However, the Labor Department put an upbeat spin on its latest report, saying it was clear that hiring was continuing at a decent pace even though economic growth remained weak.
The department said payrolls rose by 157,000 in January compared with revised totals of 196,000 in December and 247,000 in November.
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