Unemployment Inches Up to 7.9%
157K jobs added
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2013 7:45 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012, photo, Norma Urbario, left, and America Rodriguez stand in line, holding their resumes, during the job fair that the Miami Marlins hosted at Marlins Park in Miami.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

(Newser) – The unemployment rate ticked up from 7.8% to 7.9% in January, according to a jobs report the Wall Street Journal calls "disappointing." The economy added 157,000 jobs, slightly below expectations of 166,000. But here's some news that got a "Whoa, mama!" from the Journal: Numbers for November and December were revised significantly upward, with 247,000 jobs added in November (rather than the initially reported 161,000) and 196,000 in December (as opposed to 155,000 initially reported). That means the economy added, on average, 181,000 jobs per month in 2012, up from a previously reported 153,000.

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Vincebus
Feb 2, 2013 12:50 AM CST
C'mon, man... The media has been sending out mixed signals and contradictions. Unemployment is hovering around 8%, 38% of 2010's college grads accepted jobs requiring less than a HS diploma, I've totally given up on the job search, having 10+ years of experience and a BS in Electrical Engineering....I'm ready to retire NOW! I dont wanna be pushin shopping carts with a bunch of kids...
JuliaHowe
Feb 1, 2013 11:21 PM CST
Yeah, great idea trying to let 11 million illegals (the one's that come here to work, not talking about the one's coming here to have their babies for free) obtain amnesty...nice job! Bad enough we are letting at least 3 million of their children back door amnesty and letting add to our job market, now we have to pull this crud, BEAUTIFUL! We have had amnesty four times in the past, the latest program in 2001...why? Why again? Immigration is a joke. Come here and eventually the stupid American public will sympathize with your "plight" of getting food stamps and free medical care for your piggy back children and give you a path to citizenship. We are such a smart country (sarcasm...BAZZINGA).
thenet95
Feb 1, 2013 3:59 PM CST
Shows you how stupid the people who wanted to re elect president failure odumbo. He knows now he has nothing worried about and can just layback and not fix economy and jobs. I hope all you dumbocrats Roth in hell for re electing this president failure odumbo. Maybe odumbo can ask Romney for advice