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Strong U.S. job growth in November

Staff Writer |
U.S. job growth increased at a strong clip in November, painting a portrait of a healthy economy.

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Nonfarm payrolls rose by 228,000 jobs last month amid broad gains in hiring as the distortions from the recent hurricanes faded, Labor Department data showed.

The government revised data for October to show the economy adding 244,000 jobs instead of the previously reported 261,000 positions.

November's report was the first clean reading since the storms, which also impacted September's employment data.

Average hourly earnings rose five cents or 0.2 percent in November after dipping 0.1 percent the prior month.

That lifted the annual increase in wages to 2.5 percent from 2.3 percent in October. Workers also put in more hours last month.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent amid a rise in the labor force.

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