Weak jobs report still offers hope

Manufacturing, construction hiring reason for optimism

Posted: February 8, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers line up to meet prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. January was a second straight disappointing month for U.S. job seekers, though mainly in the government and retail sectors with the end of the holiday shopping season, according to the Labor Department, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Only 113,000 jobs were added in January, after an even softer 75,000 gain in December. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

WASHINGTON — Payrolls in the U.S. rose less than projected in January as retailers cut back after Christmas and government hiring fell. The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.6 percent.

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