The U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November, a robust pace that makes the number of new jobs created this year the highest since 1999, the Labor Department reported this morning.
The numbers for the last two months were also revised upward, showing employers added 243,000 in October instead of the 214,000 previously stated and 271,000 in September as opposed to 256,000.
The unemployment rate remained at 5.8 percent.
The White House immediately seized on the report to try to undermine conservatives who may move to shut down the government.
“Job growth in November was strong, and the economy has now already added more jobs in 2014 than in any full calendar year since the late 1990s.,” said White House Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Jason Furman. “To create an environment in which this progress can continue, it is critical that Congress take the basic steps needed to fund the government and avoid creating disruptive and counterproductive fiscal uncertainty.”