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U.S. economy creates robust 227,000 jobs in January; unemployment rate remains low at 4.8%

Eddy Maria Taveras uses a Singer sewing machine to repair a running shoe at the New Balance factory in Lawrence, Mass. (John Tlumacki/ Boston Globe / Getty Images)
Eddy Maria Taveras uses a Singer sewing machine to repair a running shoe at the New Balance factory in Lawrence, Mass. (John Tlumacki/ Boston Globe / Getty Images)

The labor market started the year strong, adding a robust 227,000 net new jobs last month while more people began looking for work, the Labor Department said Friday.

Although the January job growth figure exceeded expectations — and was the best since September — that was somewhat offset by a downward revision of job growth the previous two months by 39,000.

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