On Friday’s NewsHour…


NEW JOBS NUMBERS | Employers added 103,000 new jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4%, but the recovery fell short of forecasts and underscored the long and painful recovery still facing the U.S. economy. Judy Woodruff looks behind the numbers with Catherine Mann of Brandeis University and John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm.

SUDAN PREPARES FOR REFERENDUM | Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the town of Bentiu, which will be near the border if Sudan splits into two countries following Sunday’s vote on secession. The town, which bears the scars of decades of civil war, has already seen an influx of returning southerners who had migrated to the more prosperous north in recent years.

SHIELDS AND BROOKS| Jim Lehrer looks back on the first days of the 112th Congress with syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE | Jeffrey Brown begins a week of reports from Haiti, one year after a major earthquake devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other parts of the country. Many residents remain in tent camps, where they are still struggling to rebuild their lives and the constant threat of cholera has compounded the loss of life.

WELCOME TO WASHINGTON | In the second in a series of conversations with members of the new Republican House majority, Ray Suarez follows incoming Rep. Jim Renacci, from economically hard-hit northeastern Ohio, as he and his family travel to Washington to settle him into his new home and office ahead of a busy inauguration into the ways of Congress.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor Friday night’s program. Kwame Holman will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.