That's not good news at a time when federal agencies are slated to cut $85 billion from their budgets in the next seven months. It will result in furloughs of hundreds of thousands of employees who work for the federal government and related job losses.
If the cuts are in place all year, it will reduce economic growth for 2013 by 0.6 percentage points and reduce the number of full-time jobs created by 750,000, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Economists surveyed by Briefing.com are expecting the economy to have added 165,000 jobs in February, compared to the 157,000 in January, and are forecasting the unemployment rate to hold steady at 7.9%, barely changed from the 7.8% rate back in September.
There are a number of other reports on the labor market due out throughout the week, including the payroll processor ADP's employment change data and initial and continuing claims.
Economists surveyed by CNNMoney are anticipating that job growth will continue in 2013 at roughly the same pace as last year, when the economy added 2.2 million jobs. They predict the unemployment rate will end the year at 7.5%.