Jobless rate holds steady

Published Feb 2, 2013 at 04:00AM

American employers added 157,000 jobs in January compared with a revised 196,000 jobs the previous month, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate was little changed at 7.9 percent, about where it has been stuck since September.

On the bright side, revised government data showed that the economy added 335,000 more jobs than originally estimated during all of 2012, including an additional 150,000 in the last quarter of the year. That was on top of the previously reported fourth-quarter job growth of 603,000 and 2012 growth of 2.2 million.