January job growth “shattered expectations” on Friday when the Labor Department reported that the U.S. added 304,000 jobs. These numbers come despite a partial government shutdown that spanned most of the month.
The 304,000 jobs added were nearly double the 170,000 jobs that experts predicted would be added last month.
The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.0 percent in January, “a likely effect of the shutdown,” according to CNBC.
Sectors that saw the largest growth included the health care, transportation, and construction industries. Notably, “leisure and hospitality” saw the biggest additions, with 74,000 new jobs added.
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