BROOKLYN - Despite the busy holiday season, U.S. employees only added 74,000 jobs in December, below the average gain of 214,000 jobs in recent months, according to the December labor report.

The drop occurred in part because more Americans stopped looking for work.

Cold weather may have also slow hiring, as construction firms cut 16,000 jobs last month.

News 12 asked residents what they thought about the job market in the borough.

Some residents said that the drop is daunting and they are worried about getting a job. Others said that there should be job programs to help residents find work.

"It’s really hard to get a job right now," said one resident. "People are suffering, but eventually you know things are getting better."