On the weak side, the report does not show a pick up in jobs in the all important housing sector. Also, the ADP report has overshot the numbers for the past two months. In November ADP reported 297.000 jobs added. In December they reported 113,00 more jobs. The official numbers came in much lower.
Here's another bit of confusing data. HFE also states that the National Federation of Independent Business survey predicts 200,000 jobs lost per month. Let's keep in mind that small business is the engine that drives job growth.
These disparate numbers are making it difficult to make sense of the overall employment picture. The call for this month's report is for 150,000 new jobs.