Four things to watch in December jobs report

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The U.S. likely added around 185,000 jobs in December. And the unemployment rate probably remained under 5%.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Last year began with the U.S. adding more than 150,000 new jobs a month and an unemployment rate under 5%. And 2016 is likely to end the same way.

The government on Friday is expected to report the economy created 185,000 new jobs in December, according to economists polled by MarketWatch. Here’s are four things to watch.

Steady as she goes

If hiring in December is close to the Wall Street forecast, job creation in the United States will top 2 million in 2016 for the sixth straight year.

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