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November Unemployment Rate Falls to 7%

The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 203,000 jobs in November, sending the unemployment rate down to 7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday.
NBC News -- The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 203,000 jobs in November, sending the unemployment rate down to 7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday.

Economists had expected the government to report about 180,000 new jobs, down from an initially reported 204,000 in October. The unemployment rate had been expected to decline a notch to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent.

Total joblessness fell below 11 million for the first time since November 2008, while total employment swelled by 818,000 as furloughed federal workers went back to work after the government shutdown. The employment rolls had tumbled by 735,000 in October.
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