Jobs Report Falls Flat

By Steve Handelsman

Published 02/07 2014 05:01PM

Updated 02/07 2014 05:05PM

(NBC News)  The number of Americans finding new jobs in January was just a bit more than 100,000, much lower than some economists expected.  

The disappointing news on jobs came as President Obama went to Michigan, a state still stuck in recession.

He put on a positive spin.

"Companies across the country are saying they intend to hire even more folks in the months ahead.  that's why I think this can be a breakthrough year for America," Mr. Obama said.

Jobs were added in construction, business services and manufacturing, but lost in retail and government.

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