U.S. employers add a stunning 353,000 jobs in January

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Old Hickory Bar-B-Que employee Tyler Reynolds carries a tray of sliced hams at the restaurant in Owensboro, Ky., on Dec. 22, 2023, in Owensboro, Ky.

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A worker from Portland General Electric replaces a power line as crews work to restore power after a storm in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Jan. 16, 2024.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s employers delivered a stunning burst of hiring to begin 2024, adding 353,000 jobs in January in the latest sign of the economy’s continuing ability to shrug off the highest interest rates in two decades.