The average number of jobs added monthly during 2012 was 181,000. This is an upward revision from the previously reported average of 153,000.
 
The Labor Department makes an annual benchmark revision that incorporates newly available tax records.
 
Although the housing industry is rebounding and business investment remains steady, government cutbacks in defense spending and consumer outlook is already adversely affecting the recovery.
 
The government cut 9000 jobs with local governments cutting jobs primarily in education.
 
Average hourly earnings rose by four cents to $23.78 and the average workweek of 34.4 hours
was unchanged.
 

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