The labour division stated on Friday nonfarm payrolls elevated by 49,000 jobs final month. Information for December was revised to indicate 227,000 jobs misplaced as an alternative of 140,000 as beforehand reported.
December’s drop was the primary in eight months and got here amid renewed restrictions on companies like eating places and bars to gradual a resurgence in coronavirus infections.
The unemployment price was at 6.3% in January. The jobless price has been understated by folks misclassifying themselves as being “employed however absent from work”. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising by 50,000 jobs in January.