The unemployment rate dipped to 3.4 per cent, a new half-century low.
Friday’s government report added to the picture of a resilient labor market, with low unemployment, relatively few layoffs and many job openings even as most economists foresee a recession nearing.
Though good for workers, employers’ steady demand for labor has also helped accelerate wage growth and contributed to high inflation.
January’s job growth, which topped December’s 269,000 gain, could raise doubts about whether inflation pressures will ease further in the months ahead.
The Fed has raised its key rate eight times since March to try to contain inflation, which hit a four-decade high last year but has slowed since then.