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On February 2, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 200,000 in January. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. The largest sector gains occurred in construction (+36,000), food services and drinking places (+31,000), and healthcare (+21,000). The BLS also revised its November nonfarm payroll numbers downward, from +252,000 to +216,000, and its December numbers upward, from +148,000 to +160,000. See the full release.


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