The US economy added 210,000 jobs in November, lower than gains in September and October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The overall unemployment rate continued its steady decrease, dropping 0.4 percentage points to 4.2% for the month. The number of unemployed people fell by 542,000 to 6.9 million.
The Census Bureau’s October Household Survey data shows 3.6 million people were “unable to work due to their employer closing or losing business due to the pandemic.” That’s about 200,000 fewer than in October.
Still, employment is not back to pre-pandemic levels. In January 2020, the unemployment rate was 3.5% and about 5.8 million people were unemployed. US total employment is now at 148.6 million, 2.4% lower than January of last year.
November job growth brought total employment to 148.6 million.