By Lucia Mutikani
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
economy likely created the fewest jobs in seven months in December or even shed workers as the country buckled under an onslaught of COVID-19 infections, marking the start of what is expected to be a bleak winter.
Despite the anticipated weakness in the Labor Department's closely watched employment report on Friday, the economy is unlikely to fall back into recession, with additional pandemic relief approved by the government in late December providing a backstop. More fiscal stimulus.....