Shocking Drop in US Jobs Growth Euronews: There has been a setback on the jobs front in the United States. Employers hired the fewest workers in almost three years in December, but that is being linked to super cold weather there and is expected to be only temporary. Payrolls rose by just 74,000 last month, which was way down on November's 241,000. The November total was revised upwards by 38,000. December's was the smallest increase since January 2011 and fell far short of economists' predictions of job gains of 196,000.