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November Sees Slower but Steady Job Growth

After months of explosive growth, the U.S. economy simmered to a somewhat slower pace of growth in the month of November.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that the economy added 155,000 jobs in November, well below expert predictions, while at the same time maintaining a 50-year low unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, and steady wage growth.

We continued to see gains in crucial sectors like manufacturing (27,000 jobs), transportation and warehousing (25,000 jobs), professional and business services (+32,000 jobs), and health care (+32,000 jobs).

Unemployment showed little change in November for adult men (3.3 percent), adult women (3.4 percent), teenagers (12.0 percent), whites (3.4 percent), Asians (2.7 percent), and a near record-low for Hispanics (4.5 percent). African-American unemployment also remains at the record low (5.9 percent), and unemployment for workers with a high school degree but no college is at its lowest point in 18 years.

With over 7 million open jobs in America, employers are now more willing to raise wages and benefits, with average hourly earnings for all employees having risen by 6 cents in the last month to $27.35, and rising 81 cents (or 3.1 percent) over the whole year. This is the second month in a row where wages have grown by 3 percent from 12 months prior.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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