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Economy added 304,000 jobs in January, despite longest government shutdown in history

Economy added 304,000 jobs in January, despite longest government shutdown in history --The January figure is the 100th straight month of additions to the labor force. | 01 Feb 2019 | The economy added 304,000 jobs in January, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- far more than the 165,000 that economists had predicted. The surge in hiring comes despite the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, mounting concern about a global economic slowdown, and a lack of key economic data being generated while some government agencies were not fully operational. The nation's unemployment rate ticked upward to 4 percent and wage growth held steady at 3.2 percent.