Job Growth Exceeded Expectations in December

In December, the private sector added 297,000 jobs. This is about three times the number - 100,000 - economists had been predicting for that month. It's also more than three times the number - 92,000 - created in November.

Those latest figures, released by ADP Employer Services, indicate that the recession-plagued economy might be shifting into recovery. The biggest gain in job growth has been in the non-manufacturing sector. There are also other bright spots.

Executive search firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas noted that the number of future layoffs is at its lowest since 2007. The stock market has been at its highest level since 2008. And there is selective reporting, such as by recruitment firm Robert Half International, of an uptick in jobs, along with increased compensation, in depressed sectors such as legal. For example, demand and salaries for paralegals and experienced lawyers are, finds Robert Half, "hot."

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Just Christmas help that will be let go this month. Which is how those numbers would have been described if Bush was still president. Don't you just love the hypocrisy of the main stream news people.

January 06 2011 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More lies and manipulating the numbers. We are in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Those jobs were probably seasonal temp jobs. Just wait till they start publishing figures for 2011. Part time temp jobs do not count as employment!

January 06 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Once again the ultra liberal media and government are putting a spin on things, Those were a lot of holiday jobs and this morning I heard there were 100,000 new unemployment applications.

January 06 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Proud American

Media lies and more lies!!!! American knew that their would be seasonal hiring and then terminations. New applicants filing for unemployment last week was 409,000 18,000 more than the week before. When will we AMERICANS GET REAL FACTS. We need to boycott all the news stations as they keep printing lies and news castors keep real news quiet!!!!!

January 06 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


January 06 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder how many of these jobs are permanent. I think the majority of them were seasonal.

January 06 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

True and also it was the holiday week so who ever became unemployed could not go apply......but look at today weekly went up to 409.000. and they are always fudging the numbers. Even a 2yrs old can count if you get 4weeks of brand new unemployed is over a 1million folks without jobs but the government/white house tells you that only 3million folks have lost their jobs in the last 2yrs.......they think we are all ignorant and they keep trying behing the scences to take all our rights away its a shame a big shame.

January 06 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

More BS! Using all those holiday temp jobs, to make recovery appear great. The truth is, most employers have found ways to work with what they have over the past year, and are not hiring. If your boss offered you a nice raise for more work,or few more clock hours, wouldn't you take it? He still saves a ton doing that versus hiring another person. You must remember as well, many of the unemployed's benefits have ran out, and continue to run out monthly. These people are grabbing minimum wage jobs if possible or, not working (or being counted) at all.

January 06 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

From reading the comments, barring the spam ads, I would guess that the administration and the media are no longer getting away with their lies. People are becoming more aware of how temp seasonal jobs are being blown up to look like full time real jobs by both, and just aren't buying it anymore. We are also aware of the current administration's stupidity in destroying all the cars it took in with the cash for klunkers, thereby driving up the cost of late model used cars by an average of $1,800 (which will be taxed). We, the people, may let you get away with a lot of stuff, but when you begin to treat us like we are too stupid to see thru the wool you are trying to pull over our heads, we will react.

Is it 2012 yet?

January 06 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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your so correct in your post, specially with the cluncker thing...its like they where trying to make people that are hurt economically hurt even taking a car someone can afford of the roads and making you walk so you can use that dumbass obama fast trains which no one will use

January 06 2011 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How many of these people are on section 8 ?

January 06 2011 at 8:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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