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January Jobs Report

An additional 225,000 jobs were added nationally in January which was higher than the expected gain of 158,000 jobs for the month.  Manufacturing jobs fell by 12,000 for the month, mostly in motor vehicles and parts sectors.

The national unemployment rate went up to 3.6% for the month, largely due to an increase in the labor force.  Average hourly earnings rose 3.1% over a year ago, slightly ahead of the estimate of 3.0%.