Unemployment Rises to 4.7 Percent in December; 95 Million Not in the Work Force

Job seekers line up to meet potential employers at a career fair on April 18, 2013 in New York City.
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The national unemployment rate in December ticked upward to 4.7 percent, although the United States economy added 156,000 jobs, according to statistics released by the Labor Department.

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The labor force participation rate rose to 62.7 percent in December, up from 62.6 in November.

A total of 95,102,000 Americans are not in the work force, up only 18 since November.


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