US created 200,000 jobs in January, vs 180,000 jobs expected

Job growth up 200,000 in January, better than expectations, and wages up

  • Nonfarm payrolls rose by 200,000 in January, beating analyst estimates, while the unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent.
  • More importantly, average hourly earnings increased 2.9 percent on an annualized basis, the best gain since the early days of the recovery in 2009.


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