U.S. employers added a better-than-expected 266,000 jobs in November, in a sign the economy continues to power ahead.
The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5%. Job gains for the two previous months were revised up by a total of 41,000.
The overall jobs number got a boost from the roughly 41,000 people who returned to work, after being idled in October by the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors.
Manufacturing added a total of 54,000 jobs, even though factory activity has declined in each of the last four months.