Employment Update: U.S. Issues Best Jobs Report in 3 Years

Employment Update: U.S. Issues Best Jobs Report in 3 Years

Perhaps you’ve heard about the supposed economic bounce back, without actually seeing the effects—maybe because you've been on the job hunt for longer than you care to remember.

But the latest government data suggests that “recovery” isn’t just a buzzword—it’s really happening.

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According to a report from the Department of Labor, the U.S. added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, exceeding economists’ expectations and marking the biggest gains since the Great Recession. In total, some 2.65 million jobs were created in 2014, the greatest increase since 1999. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at its six-year low of 5.8%.

While there were employment gains in just about every industry, certain sectors saw more growth than others. Retail added about 50,000 jobs; health care and education added about 38,000; and the business and professional services sector added a whopping 86,000.

There is one indicator of economic recovery that hasn't been quite as rosy: wage growth. In the past 12 months, earnings have only gone up 2.1%, a rate that hasn’t budged much since 2009—perhaps because the more than 18 million people still looking for full-time jobs have yet to find one.

For job searchers, however, the strong numbers behind new-job creation should be heartening. But if you feel like you need to jumpstart a stalled search, check out these eight traits you’ll find in every intrepid job hunter.

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