by Gene D. Balas
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 156,000 new jobs were created in December. This continued a trend of lower job gains since June 2016 and was a bit below expectations. Additionally, this followed the ADP payroll report in which we see private employers added 153,000 jobs in December, below expectations of about 168,000 and a notably lower than the 215,000 new jobs added in November. Should investors treat this as a sign that the economy might be slowing?