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Job growth surges, unemployment ticks up. Why?

Andy Uhler Jan 4, 2019
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Employers added 312,000 jobs in December, according to the Labor Department. That’s far more jobs than expected. And yet, the unemployment rate rose from 3.7 to 3.9 percent. More jobs, higher unemployment. How’s that work? It has something to do with the labor force participation rate.

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