U.S. payrolls grew sharply by 467,000 in January and the jobless rate rose to 4% as the economy weathered the Omicron wave and staffing shortages, the Labor Department said Friday.

The Labor Department separately revised payrolls totals upward for late last year, showing more than 700,000 jobs were created in November and December than previously reported. Last month’s jump in employment left the economy with 2.9 million fewer jobs than in February 2020, the month before the pandemic hit the U.S. labor market.

Employers in leisure and hospitality, retail and transportation and warehousing added jobs last month. The automotive industry shed jobs.


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