Healthy job report for January: 227,000 new hires

WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest jobs report shows a job market that's generating consistently solid hiring, and encouraging more people to start looking for work.

Nearly a half-million people who weren't previously job-hunting began doing so in January. That helped drive the unemployment rate up from 4.7 to 4.8 percent -- even as employers added 227,000 jobs.

Yet some of the economy's weak spots remain: Average hourly wages barely increased last month. And the number of people working part-time but who would prefer full-time work rose.