Labor force numbers continue to expand for the second straight year, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Employers added 209,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
The unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent from 6.3 percent in January.
The jobless rate declined to 6.1 percent from 7.4 percent in December.
The Labor Department also said Thursday that the U: · Increased employment by 185,000 in January; · Employed 2.5 million fewer people in January than in December; and · Added 235,000 new jobs in February.
The headline jobs report comes just two weeks after President Donald Trump called for a surge in the nation’s labor force as the economy slowly recovers from the devastating storm that ravaged the Southeast and devastated parts of Florida.
In his January State of the Union address, Trump called on Americans to take more care of themselves.
Trump said the federal government must help states and communities recover from the storm, saying that the federal storm response agency has already been “reinventing itself” to prepare for future disasters.
The president said that he wanted to see more federal help for communities in need and more help for states that are struggling.