(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs to their payrolls in December, keeping in line with expectations, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
Economists had anticipated seeing between 150,000 and 160,000 jobs added last month.
The unemployment rate, meanwhile, remained steady at 7.8 percent. November’s unemployment rate was revised up from 7.7 percent to 7.8 percent.
The Labor Department also revised its figures for October down to 137,000 from 138,000, and for November up to 161,000 from 146,000.
In December, jobs were added in the sectors of health care by 45,000, food services and drinking places by 38,000, construction by 30,000 and manufacturing by 25,000.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN