By The Associated Press
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was much stronger at the end of 2012 than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady even as economic growth stalled.
The mostly encouraging jobs report included one negative sign: The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. The rate is calculated from a survey of households, and more people in that survey said they were unemployed. The monthly job gains are derived from a separate survey of employers.
The job gains have affected various groups in different ways. Here are some details from the government's report: Unemployment rates for:(Numbers in percentages)Jan. 2013Dec. 2012Jan. 2012White:76.97.4Black:13.81413.6Hispanic:9.79.610.5Asian*:188.8.131.52Adult men:184.108.40.206Adult women:220.127.116.11Teenagers:23.423.523.420-24 years old:6.56.5725-54 years old:18.104.22.1685 and over:65.95.9Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan:11.710.89.1No high school diploma:1211.713.1High school graduate:8.188.5Some college:76.97.3College graduates:22.214.171.124Duration of UnemploymentAverage length (weeks):35.338.139.7Jobless 6 months or more (pct.):38.139.140* not seasonally adjustedSource: Labor Department