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Health care, business services lead November hiring

The Associated Press — By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and business services led U.S. job gains in November, a month that saw slower hiring overall.

Health care firms gained more than 40,000 jobs, as hospitals, physicians' offices and home health care providers added staff. Professional services, which include architects and consultants and administrative support, added 32,000.

Manufacturing companies hired 27,000 new workers, the most in seven months, signaling that trade tensions have yet to weaken factory hiring.

Overall, U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, the Labor Department said Friday.

Industry (change from previous month)November 2018October 2018Past 12 months
Construction5,00024,000282,000
Manufacturing27,00026,000288,000
Retail18,200-7,10023,700
Transportation, warehousing25,40015,700191,800
Information (Telecom, publishing)-8,0008,000-21,000
Financial services6,00012,000119,000
Professional services (Accounting, engineering, temp work)32,00058,000561,000
Education and health34,00039,000473,000
Hotels, restaurants, entertainment15,00056,000268,000
Government-6,000-14,00048,000
Source: Labor Department
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