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The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (up 39,000), according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade. Employment in most major industries changed little in November.
Employment in wholesale trade was up by 4,700 in November; in October wholesale trade employment was up 10,000.
Employment in manufacturing was little changed over the month (-13,000).
Construction employment was down by 5,000 for the month.
Get the forecast for manufacturing and construction in MDM's 2011 Economic Forecast.