Ahead of this morning's report from the Labor Department, economists were predicting a slight slowing
of job growth: 230,000 jobs added and an unchanged unemployment rate. Instead, the Employment Situation Summary
showed an addition of 257,000 jobs, a slightly higher unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, and a solid increase in average hourly earnings of 12 cents. In addition, November
's reports were revised upward for a combined total of 147,000 additional jobs, above what was reported.