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Four Labor Market Quirks That Are Giving Economists More Homework

"The earning data are very strange," says one strategist

At first glance, today's report on the labor market was easy to love. The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December and 50,000 more than previously estimated in the prior two months. Unemployment fell to 5.6 percent, its lowest rate since June 2008. 

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