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December 08, 2006
Payroll Employment Rises, Jobless Rate Up Slightly

Payroll employment rose by 132,000 in November, and the unemployment rate increased from 4.4 percent in October to 4.5 percent last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

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Job gains continued in several service-providing industries, including professional and business services, food services, and health care. Employment declined in construction and manufacturing.

The bureau also reported revised payroll employment data for October and September that showed gains were weaker in October but stronger in September than initially thought.

Thus far this year, payroll employment has grown by an average of 149,000 per month.

Professional and business services employment increased by 43,000 in November and has risen by 426,000 over the year.

Healthcare employment rose by 28,000 in November. Over the year, health care employment has increased by 309,000.

Meanwhile, the average workweek for production and nonsupervisory was unchanged at 33.9 hours in November. The manufacturing workweek and factory overtime both fell by 0.1 hour to 41.1 and 4.2 hours, respectively.

Average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers rose by 3 cents, or 0.2 percent, in November to $16.94. Average weekly earnings also rose by 0.2 percent in November to $574.27. Over the year, average hourly earnings increased by 4.1 percent, and average weekly earnings increased by 4.4 percent.

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