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U.S. Employers Add 157K Job as Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.9%

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(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers kicked off 2013 by adding 157,000 jobs to their payrolls in January, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

The figures were slightly worse than had been anticipated by economists, who were expecting to see around 185,000 jobs added last month.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, rose from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent.  Economists had expected to see that figure drop to 7.7 percent.

The Labor Department also revised its figures for November and December to show that 127,000 more jobs were added in those months.

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