The U.S. unemployment rate fell in November to a nearly four-year low as the labour force shrank from October, the U.S. Labour Department said on Friday.

The jobless rate dropped to 7.7 per cent, its lowest level since December 2008, from 7.9 per cent in October, the department said.

The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs, compared with a downwardly revised October reading of 138,000.

The November numbers surprised analysts, who on an average had forecast the jobless rate would rise to 8 per cent and that 90,000 net jobs were created.

Superstorm Sandy ‘did not substantively impact’ the data, the department said. — AFP