Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November 2011 as employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – NOVEMBER 2011’ from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In more good news, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for September 2011 was revised from 158,000 jobs to 210,000 jobs and the change for October 2011 was revised from 80,000 jobs to 100,000 jobs. The report will be available at until the Employment Situation report for December 2011 is released on Friday, January 6, 2012.

In November 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage point from 9.0 percent to 8.6 percent, after the unemployment rate had ranged between 9.0 to 9.2 percent from April 2011 through October 2011. The number of unemployed persons also decreased by 594,000 to 13.3 million in November 2011. The increase of 120,000 jobs in total nonfarm payroll employment in November was in line with the average gain for the prior 12 months of 131,000 jobs.

Overall, the private sector added 140,000 jobs in November, as employment rose in a number of service-providing industries including:

  • Retail: Employment in retail trade rose by 50,000 in November 2011, with clothing and clothing accessories stores adding 27,000 jobs and electronics and appliance stores increasing by 5,000 jobs. Since December 2009, retailers have added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.
  • Leisure and Hospitality: Employment in leisure and hospitality gained 22,000 jobs in November 2011, with food services and drinking places adding 33,000 jobs, a gain that more than offset a loss of 12,000 jobs in the accommodation industry. In the last 12 months, leisure and hospitality added 253,000 jobs.
  • Professional and Business Services: Employment in professional and business services added 33,000 jobs in November (+33,000) and modest job gains continued in temporary help services.
  • Health Care: Employment in health care continued rise with 17,000 jobs added in November 2011, with hospitals adding 9,000 jobs. Over the past 12 months, health care has added an average of 27,000 jobs per month.

The mostly positive Employment Situation report also showed that employment in manufacturing and construction changed little in November, while Government employment continued to trend down over the month with a decline of 5,000 jobs in the U.S. Postal Service and employment in both state government and local government has been trending down since the second half of 2008. The report will be available at until the Employment Situation report for December 2011 is released on Friday, January 6, 2012.

The positive Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes on heels of an even rosier outlook on jobs from the latest ADP National Employment Report® from Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®). The report found private sector employment had increased by 206,000 jobs from October 2011 to November 2011 on a seasonally adjusted basis and that the estimated gain in employment from September 2011 to October 2011 was revised up to 130,000 jobs from the initially reported 110,000.

The ADP report revealed that ‘Small’ businesses (1-49 employees) led the way with a gain of 110,000 jobs, followed by ‘Medium’ businesses (50-499 employees) with an gain of 84,000 jobs and ‘Large’ businesses (more than 499 employees) adding 12,000 jobs. The ADP report is available at

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