Economy added only 113,000 jobs in January


Ylan Q. Mui
The Washington Post
February 7, 2014

The job market proved lackluster once again in January, with the economy adding 113,000 new jobs, according to government data released Friday morning, raising new questions about the strength of the recovery.

Analysts had been expecting a much stronger pace of hiring after other data showed that the economy picked up momentum at the end of last year. The report from the Labor Department also reaffirmed that December added a paltry 75,000 jobs.

There was a silver lining, however. The unemployment rate inched down in January to 6.6 percent, even as more people joined the workforce. The number of long-term jobless also fell by more than 200,000 workers to 3.6 million.

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