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Shipping, retail, factories drive November hiring

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The Associated Press | December 6, 2013 05:17 PM EST | AP


Hiring picked up in November across a broad swath of industries, adding a mix of new jobs that should help the U.S. economy grow.

Factories brought on 27,000 new employees, the fourth straight month of gains and the most since March 2012. Construction firms contributed 17,000 jobs last month. Those are typically high-wage jobs.

More than 30,000 workers were added to transportation and warehousing payrolls last month. Many will help ship packages for online retailers during the busy holiday shopping season.

Still, a number of the jobs created were in lower-paying fields. Retail added more than 22,000, of which 13,800 jobs came from general merchandise stores, such as Target and Walmart. And restaurants hired 17,900 workers.

The federal government shed 7,000 workers. But state and local governments added 14,000, mostly in education.

Here's a look at the jobs added or lost in each major industry category: