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National Unemployment Rate Up In January Despite Jobs Gain

 2/4/2019 |  Views:356 |  Posted by: Ron Gifford |  Reading Time:  |  Article Tags: 
National Unemployment Rate Up In January Despite Jobs Gain

The unemployment rate for the United States rose to 4.0% in January, up from 3.9% in December.  This rise was unexpected by most economists who were forecasting no increase in the December rate and 170,000 jobs created.  Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 304,00 new jobs were created during the month.  However, it should be noted that this number may be revised in February, just like the December increase of 312,000 new jobs was revised downward to 222,000.  Manufacturing jobs were up by 13,000 in January over December.

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Ron Gifford has worked for the Foundation as Special Projects Coordinator since 2008 after a law career of 32 years. In addition to his duties for the Foundation, Mr. Gifford serves as Director of the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) and as a Business Advisor for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, serving businesses and entrepreneurs in both Starke and Pulaski Counties.