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November Hiring Numbers Weaken, Unemployment Rate Improves

The Employment Situation Report for November 2021 showed that employers added only 210,000 jobs in November. Economists had predicted an addition of 500,000 jobs, following the hiring jump seen in October. It wasn’t all bad news, however; the report, which is released by the U.S. Department of Labor, found that the unemployment rate fell from 4.6 percent to 4.2 percent. 

The labor participation rate, which shows what percentage of the population is working or actively looking for a job, moved up to 61.8 percent, the highest level since March 2020. The retail industry took a hit in November, with the number of employees dropping by 20,000 from October. Retail has lost 176,000 people since February 2020. 

See how one home improvement store turned to younger workers to solve its hiring issues and explore five hiring resources from the North American Hardware and Paint Association.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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