Nonfarm Payrolls Increase Slightly for December.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 223,000 in the month, surpassing the Dow Jones estimate of 200,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, 0.2 percentage points below expectations. Job growth saw a slight decrease from the revised 256,000 gain in November, which was revised down by 7,000 from the initial estimate. Despite this, the labor market remains strong, even as the Federal Reserve attempts to slow economic growth