Hours worked in December were up for the first time that wages also increased. The number of jobs added in December was in line with the monthly average.
 
This means companies were increasing their business activity instead of slowing down as previously anticipated although business investment was down in the fourth quarter.
 
The takeaway is that the polarization in Washington may not have harmed the economy as much as investors feared.
 
As the debt ceiling gets closer, economic worries may come to the forefront once again.

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