An anonymous reader shares an NPR report: The U.S. economy added 228,000 in November, according to the monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.1 percent, unchanged from October. R;Employment growth has averaged 174,000 per month thus far this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 16,” the agency’s Acting Commissioner William J. Wiatrowski said of the report. The number of unemployed was R;essentially unchanged at 6.6 million,” the bureau said. Of that number, 1.6 million considered to be long-term unemployed — workers who have not had for 27 weeks or more. “Among the worker groups, the unemployment rate for teenagers increased to 15.9 percent in November,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Other groups saw little change from the previous month. As for wages, the agency says, “In November, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 5 cents to $26.55. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 64 cents, or 2.5 percent.”

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