January Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Up to 7.9 Percent, 157,000 Jobs Added in January

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Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP, said in a statement that private sector employers created an average of 183,000 new jobs per month during the past three months, "an encouraging sign of steady improvement in the job market."

Economist Bronars noted that in January 2012, nonfarm payroll grew by 275,000 after seasonal adjustment (even though unadjusted payroll declined by 2.67 million), the biggest single month gain in the past 30 months.

"Even though jobs are being created, people who gave up searching for work are coming back into the labor force and will be counted as unemployed until they find work," Bronars said.

ABC News' Abby Ellin contributed to this report.

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