The US may have gained jobs in January for the second time in three months as the world's largest economy began 2010 on firmer footing, economists said before reports this week.
Payrolls probably rose by 13,000 workers this month, according to the median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News before the Labour Department's February 5 report. The unemployment rate may have held at 10 per cent for the third consecutive month.
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