U.S. economy adds 155,000 jobs in December

  • The American economy added a further 155,000 jobs in December.

    The jobs came in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction and food services sectors, according to figures released by the Labor Department on Friday

    Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained steady at 7.8 percent.

    The figures come following this week’s announcement of a short-term deal to prevent the U.S. "fiscal cliff".

    Failure to reach an agreement would have led to automatic spending cuts and tax rises worth $600 billion, which were expected to send the U.S. back into recession and result in higher unemployment.

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