Reuters Business Report - Another month of solid job gains and a drop in unemployment is adding to signs the U.S. economy is picking up steam, and that could prompt the Federal Reserve to remove its economic band-aid.
Unemployment dropped to a five-year low of seven percent in November as distortions caused by the government shutdown eased.
Hiring was across the board and even the government added to the workforce.
Other parts of the closely watched jobs report were encouraging including a rise in hourly earnings and a longer work week.
The report is sure to add to speculation the economy is reaching the point where the Federal Reserve can start slowing down on bond purchases as early as this month.