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Why the January 2013 U.S. Jobs Report May Surprise You

The U.S. employment picture is expected to show continued signs of improvement when the Labor Department releases January's U.S. jobs report Friday morning.

Projections are for nonfarm payrolls to have gained 168,000 employees during the first month of 2013.

While a decent number, the tally won't be enough to budge the nation's 7.8% unemployment rate.

Forecasts from 90 economists polled by Thomson Reuters range from a 75,000 gain on the low end to a 200,000 gain.

In December, the number was a surprisingly robust 155,000. Over the past two years, the average has been 153,000 per month.

"We started the year on a pretty solid footing. I think the report is going to be a little bit better than what most people think," Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research, told the International Business Times.

But a number of factors could skew data in the U.S. jobs report. Here's what you should watch for.

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April's U.S. Jobs Report a Far Cry from Where We Need to Be

Expectations ahead of April's U.S. jobs report were that it could deliver some good news about the U.S. economy. A robust number would have alleviated worries the economy is faltering the third year into a tepid recovery. But that is not what we got. The jobs report, released before the bell Friday, showed a net […]

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