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US added 148,000 jobs in December, unemployment at 4.1% 

Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) The US economy added 148,000 jobs in December after a year of steady hiring, according to the figures released on Friday by the Labour Department on hiring and unemployment.

The jobless rate stayed at 4.1 per cent last month, the lowest point since 2001, with healthcare and professional services driving much of the past year’s gains. 

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump pointed to the 4.1 per cent unemployment rate as evidence that the economy was “only getting better!”. When he took office last January, the rate was 4.8 per cent.

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