Economic Preview: U.S. jobs report in January likely to show meaty gain in hiring, low unemployment

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The U.S. economy entered 2018 with the lowest unemployment rate since 2000. The jobless rate is so low many companies complain they cannot find enough workers.

The U.S. jobs market is still kicking up a storm.

After a bit of a lull in December, companies likely hired more workers at the start of the new year. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch predict 190,000 new jobs were added in January after a modest 148,000 increase in the prior month.

Here’s what to watch in the January employment figures. The government will release the report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Kicking off the new year

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