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US jobs growth in Dec weakest in 3 years

Weather likely cause of poor data; jobless rate dips to 6.7%

SHORTENING QUEUES The proportion of Americans who have a job or are looking for one fell 0.2 percentage point to 62.8 per cent in December. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Washington US employers hired the fewest workers in three years in December, but the setback was likely to be temporary amid signs that cold weather conditions might have had an impact. Non-farm payrolls rose only 74,000 last month, the smallest increase since January 2011, and the unemployment