A new year brings new opportunities -- and for some a new job.  --

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs last month, but below market expectations. The unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, a tenth of a point higher than last month.

Orders to U.S. factories fell in November for the first time in five months. The Commerce Department attributed much of the 2.4 percent dip on the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

The trade deficit rose to its highest mark in nine months as more oil came into the country as less airplanes, autos and farm products went out. The trade deficit now stands at $45.2 billion.

The U.S. Dollar posted a 14-year high this week driven by strength in manufacturing, but then retreated quickly by week’s end.  --