The economy added 157,000 jobs in January even as the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday.

The report also showed stronger job growth in November and December of last year, revising estimates for those two months up by 127,000 and suggesting the job market is somewhat stronger than previously estimated.

The report comes days after the Commerce Department reported the economy had contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012 by .1 percent as reduced federal and defense spending took a huge bite out of growth.