The development sector added 48,000 jobs in December.
The US financial system added 252,000 jobs in December, whereas the unemployment charge fell to five.6% from 5.8%, in accordance with Labor Division figures.
As well as, figures for the variety of jobs created in October and November had been each revised upwards.
The jobless charge is now at its lowest since June 2008.
However weak wage development and low inflation are probably to present the Federal Reserve pause for thought over elevating rates of interest.
The rise in jobs was larger than anticipated with the strongest development in skilled and enterprise providers, building, healthcare and meals providers, in accordance with the information launched by the US Labor Division.
Nevertheless, there was little enchancment in December for part-time staff wishing to work extra hours, and common hourly earnings fell by 5 cents after rising 6 cents in November.
The autumn within the jobless charge was largely resulting from a drop within the variety of folks looking for work.
Over the entire of 2014, job creation averaged 246,000 a month.
The figures spotlight the distinction between the US financial system which continues to select up tempo and that of the eurozone which this week slid into deflation.
While eurozone policymakers are contemplating increasing their stimulus measures to incorporate authorities bond-buying, or quantitative easing, the US jobs knowledge will encourage expectations of an rate of interest rise later this yr.
“That is in all probability a ok quantity to permit the Fed to remain on track by way of adjusting coverage, nevertheless it in all probability will not trigger them to alter their timing from mid-year,” mentioned Peter Cecchini, chief market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
Decrease oil costs and weak inflation will take the strain off the Federal Reserve to boost charges quickly.