U.S. job growth rises briskly, wages continue to climb | 10 March 2017 | US jobless figures would give Fed chief Janet Yellen the green light to raise rates next week. US job growth increased more than expected in February and wages rose steadily, new figures show today. The figures could give the Federal Reserve the green light to raise interest rates next week despite slowing economic growth. Non-farm payrolls rose by 235,000 jobs last month as the construction sector recorded its largest gain in nearly 10 years due to unseasonably warm weather, the Labor Department said today. The economy created 9,000 more jobs in December and January than previously reported.