U.S. employers add robust 304,000 jobs; joblessness up to 4 percent
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers shrugged off last month's partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The healthy gain illustrates the job market's durability nearly a decade into the economic expansion. The U.S. has now added jobs for 100 consecutive months, the longest such period on record.