US jobless rate at four-year low
7 December 2012 Last updated at 17:08 GMT
The US added 146,000 jobs in November, official data shows, as the economy seemingly shrugged off storm Sandy.
The unexpectedly strong performance brought the unemployment rate down to a four-year low of 7.7% of the workforce.
The jobs figure was well above most analysts' expectations and continued a recent surge that began in July.
Ben Thompson reports from the New York Stock Exchange.