US unemployment rate holds steady in December at 7.8%
4 January 2013 Last updated at 23:10 GMT
The US economy added a further 155,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate held steady at 7.8%, official figures show.
The jobs came mainly in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction and food services sectors, the Labor Department said.
The BBC's Michelle Fleury reports from one US store with a queue of applicants.