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Economic Preview: U.S. economy keeps on truckin’ in early 2018 despite cold snap, hiring dropoff

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The U.S. economy is on a roll and growth is likely to keep on truckin’ in early 2018.

The number of jobs created in the U.S. is likely to rebound in January after a disappointing finish in 2017, but even it doesn’t, expect the economy to keep on truckin.’

About 171,000 jobs were probably created in the first month of the new year, according to the MarketWatch forecast.

Some economists think the number could easily top 200,000, but a severe cold snap early in the month might have put a brief freeze on hiring in industries such as construction.

Figuring out how many new jobs are created before and after the wintry holiday season isn’t easy, especially amid a huge shift toward Internet shopping.

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