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'WTF': Economists React To December Jobs Report On Twitter

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 145,000 jobs in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, marking the country's 111th straight month of employment gains. 

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.5%.


Notable December job gains were seen in retail trade and healthcare. Retail trade added 41,000 jobs in December, but employment in the sector has changed little over the past two years. 

Healthcare employment grew by 28,000 jobs in December and added 399,000 jobs in 2019 after growing by 350,000 jobs in 2018.

Employment in construction rose by 151,000 jobs in 2019 after adding 307,000 jobs in 2018.

Here's how economists and others reacted to the jobs report on Twitter.