U.S. jobs trail forecasts; wages rise least since mid-2018

U.S. NONFARM payrolls increased 145,000 in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO
U.S. NONFARM payrolls increased 145,000 in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO
WASHINGTON – The United States labor market ended the year with less momentum, as payroll gains cooled by more than forecast and wages rose at the weakest annual pace since 2018, even as unemployment held at a half-century low of 3.5%. Nonfarm payrolls rose 145,000 after a downwardly revised 256,000 advance the prior month, according…

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