US economy defies fears of Omicron-driven slowdown to deliver nearly half a million new jobs

The US employment market started the year in a much healthier state than expected, despite Omicron disruption hitting consumer-facing businesses.

America added 467,000 jobs in January – about three times the 150,000 level expected by economists – according to the US bureau of labour statistics.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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