"The overwhelming conclusion from today's numbers is that the US labor market remained incredibly strong at the start of 2019", said Leslie Preston, senior economist at TD Economics.
"The Fed chickened out on further rate hikes this year and boy are they ever misreading the tea leaves on where the economy is going next", Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in NY, told Reuters.
Offering the latest snapshot of the economy, the official employment report out Friday showed the USA added significantly more jobs than expected in January and that wages increased despite the longest partial government shutdown in history.
The numbers exclude farm work, which is seasonal and often volatile.
It marks the 100th month in a row the U.S. Has seen job growth. Manufacturing payrolls increased by only 13,000 in January, reflecting the more downbeat sentiment in an array of industrial sectors that are vulnerable to slower global growth. While the Labor Department, which is tasked to release the jobs report, remained open, the Commerce Department - responsible for a great amount of data counted on by forecasters - was closed.
USA employers hired the most workers in 11 months in January, indicating the labor market remains strong despite fears of an economic slowdown.
Construction employment rose by 52,000. The continued strong job growth in construction is perplexing given the sector's reported chronic labor shortage, but provides a good sign for the housing sector. Education and health care added 55,000 jobs, retailers almost 21,000 and professional and business services, which includes such higher-paying positions as engineers and architects, 30,000.
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However, the figures include federal government employees who were not working or being paid for most of last month.
The average monthly gain for all of 2018 was 223,000.
Health care increased by 42,000.
"I am right now planning our first family vacation in three years", she said.
The furloughed workers were, however, considered unemployed on "temporary layoff" in the separate survey of households from which the jobless rate is derived.
"The Fed chickened out on further rate hikes this year and boy are they ever misreading the tea leaves on where the economy is going next", said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in NY.
The new numbers were welcome news for President Donald Trump, whose already-low public approval rating suffered in the wake of the longest government shutdown in United States history. In addition, many businesses across the country lost income.
But consumer confidence fell in January for a third straight month as Americans' optimism dimmed amid the shutdown and sharp drops in the stock market.