Unemployment Climbs To 9.8%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. For the past three months, it had held steady at 9.6 percent.

The economy added 39,000 jobs in November, with most gains reported in the temporary help services and health care fields.


“This private sector job growth, while positive, is not enough to keep up with the new entrants into the labor market each month, let alone create jobs for the 15 million unemployed workers,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said. “That’s why we cannot forget the millions of Americans who, through no fault of their own, are still unemployed and looking for work. We still have a lot of work to do before we will have gained back everything that we lost in this recession.”

There were 15.1 million unemployed persons in November, with 41.9 percent out of work for 27 weeks or longer. The bureau reports that 1.3 million Americans have given up looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.

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