U.S. job growth falls short

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The U.S. economy added 199,000 new jobs in December — far short of the 422,000 jobs projected by economists.

The leisure, hospitality and tourism industries added 53,000 jobs but the sector is down 1.2 million workers from February 2020 — before the COVID pandemic started.

The construction sector added 22,000 jobs in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is still down 88,000 positions from pre-pandemic levels.

The economy continues to be challenged by the pandemic — including the recent rise in cases as well as vaccine mandates resulting in some workers leaving jobs or being fired.

That includes a record number of workers quitting their jobs in recent months, according to BLS.

BLS reported the U.S. unemployment rate is 3.9% down from 4.2% in November.

Economists expected a 4.1% U.S. jobless rate.

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