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Good News for the Democrats
The unexpectedly strong performance brought the unemployment rate down to
a four-year low of 7.7% of the workforce.
'Why the unemployment rate fell
The payrolls number and the unemployment rate come from two separate surveys conducted by the Labor Department, and the data don't always match up. While businesses largely reported they hired workers, a survey of households said just the opposite.
Households claimed they had 122,000 fewer jobs in November, and also showed 350,000 people dropped out of the labor force.
The unemployment rate fell because there were fewer people looking for work. The Labor Department only counts people who have searched for a job in the last four weeks as officially unemployed.
About 12 million people were counted as unemployed in November, down from 12.3 million a month earlier.
Overall, the U.S. labor market has still not completely recovered from the financial crisis. Of the 8.8 million jobs lost, about 4.2 million have still not been added back.
Economists often say that job growth around 150,000 a month is enough to keep up with population growth, but not much more.
"At this rate of job growth, it will take us more than 10 years to get back to the pre-recession unemployment rate," said Heidi Shierholz, an economist for the liberal Economic Policy Institute.
"The November data provide a clear reminder that mass joblessness remains the real and present economic danger this country faces."
and I thought the biggest economic danger would be the Sandra Flukes of the world having to shell out their own money for birth control pills. who knew?