November Payrolls Up More Than Expected

Despite Sandy, 146,000 jobs added last month; unemployment rate declines to 7.7%.

Payrolls rose more than anticipated in November and the jobless rate fell to an almost four-year low, indicating superstorm Sandy had little effect on the U.S. labor market.

Employment climbed by 146,000 following a revised 138,000 gain in October that was less than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 91 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a gain of 85,000. Sandy “did not substantively impact” the data, the agency said. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008, as size of the labor force shrank.

Construction Jobs

Employment at private service providers increased by 169,000 in November, today’s report showed. Payrolls at construction companies dropped by 20,000 workers.

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