Jobless rate up to 7.9 percent

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Friday, February 01, 2013

ABC News: The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January as the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department.

"This jobs figure today indicates that the engine of the economy is revving, but the car isn't going anywhere," said Tom di Galoma, managing director at financial services firm Navigate Advisors LLC.

Employment numbers for November were revised higher to 247,000 from 161,000. For December, they were also revised higher to 196,000 from 155,000.

"The uncertainty will be around what happens with government jobs, because the uncertain impact of the fiscal cliff in December may have led to some layoffs in January," said Kevin Dunning, global economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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