US adds 266,000 jobs in hiring surge, unemployment falls to 3.5%

The US economy added 266,000 jobs in November, far outpacing expectations as thousands of striking auto workers returned to work, new employment figures show.

Economists predicted that non-farm payrolls would add at least 180,000 gigs last month, up from 128,000 initially reported in October. The numbers got a boost from more than 40,000 General Motors employees returning to their jobs after a monthlong strike that ended in late October.


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