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Can the US labor markets stay aloft?

We’re live-charting the exceptionally strong December jobs report

By Matt Phillips & Melvin Backman

Here we are again.

It’s time for the December edition of the US employment report, the most important monthly economic update on the health of the world’s largest economy.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 292,000 new jobs were created during the month, much better than the 210,000 new jobs that economists guessed. The unemployment rate stood pat at 5%, but only because the labor force grew, which is viewed as a good sign.

Why not hang out with us here for a while this morning? We’ll be gathering the best facts, figures, and—of course—charts from around the web in order to put what’s arguably the world’s most important economic indicator into a bit of perspective.