The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo45° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi57° Breezy

Tuesday Night

Lo39° Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi56° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday Night

Lo38° Partly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi58° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo37° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi59° Slight Chc Showers

Friday Night

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

Saturday

Hi58° Mostly Cloudy

Job growth grinds down to two-year low

Send to Kindle
Print This

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a measly 74,000 new jobs last month, the government said today. That was the lowest jobs number in about two years and a major disappointment after a recent string of positive economic signs pointed to stronger growth.

The weak hiring confounded most analysts’ expectations for job growth of about 200,000, which was the monthly average of the prior three months. The construction section, rather than resurging as some had predicted, shed a large 19,000 jobs to close out the year, although Labor Department officials said bad weather in parts of the country may have affected the payroll count.

View my options or Sign in