The Employment Situation – November 2019

Author : Ronald Matthews

Updated : December 10th, 2019

The Employment Situation November 2019

The total nonfarm payroll increased by 266,000 in November. In comparison to October, the nonfarm pay has seen a significant increase. There is a slight change in the unemployment rate, which currently stands at 3.5%, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Major Ups and Downs in November

Significant job gains took place in the health care industry, professional, and technical services industry. The manufacturing sector saw a rise in employment after numerous workers returned from the GM strike. The industry saw an overall gain of 54,000 jobs in November. 

The healthcare sector added 45,000 jobs, which is a considerable increase as compared to October. October just added 12,000 jobs. The hospitality and leisure vertical added 45,000 jobs, whereas the professional and business service added 31,000 jobs, respectively, in November. 

Employment in the warehousing sector saw an upward growth adding 16,000 jobs, respectively. The financial industry also added 13,000 jobs with an increase of 7,000 in credit intermediation and other related activities. 

The mining industry lost 19,000 jobs after it perked up in May. The losses in jobs occurred primarily due to not a strong support in mining activities across the country. Sectors like construction, and wholesale trade, saw no change in the employment rate.

Establishment Survey Data 

The number of people who were employed part-time stands at 4.3 million and saw a very slight change in November. November also saw 1.2 people million people marginally attached to the workforce. The number of discouraged workers stood at 325,000, which is down by 128,000 from the previous year. 

The average hourly earnings for all employees spiked up by 7% to $28.98. The past twelve months saw an increase in the average hourly earnings, which stands at 3.1%. November saw no change in the average workweek, which currently stands at 34.4 hours, respectively. 

Household Survey Data

The Unemployment rate for the various worker groups in November stands at:

Workers Group Unemployment Rate
Adult Men3.2 percent
Adult Women3.2 percent
Teenagers12.0 Percent


Workers Group Unemployment Rate
White population3.2 percent
Black population 5.5 percent
Asian population 2.6 percent
Hispanics 4.2 percent

The Unemployment rate is currently the same for adult men & women as the previous month. The teenager unemployment rate dropped to 12% in November. 

The white population unemployment rate is the same as the previous month. The black population unemployment rate went a notch up and currently stands at 5.5%. The Asian unemployment rate dropped to 2.6 % as compared to the previous year. The Hispanic unemployment rate went up and stands at 4.2% currently.

Final Analysis

The job report for November is definitely on the bright side. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, and the nonfarm payroll increased by 266,000. 

Significant job gains were recorded in verticals like the health care industry, professional, and technical services industry. All in all, November has been a great month for job seekers and professionals. 


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    I have a very unique situation.

    My husband worked for company x (located in NYC) from 2010 to 2016, he transferred to a new position with company x (same company – located in London) and worked there from 2016 to 2019, in 2019, he took a job with company y (in Florida).

    Company Y, let him go in Dec 2019, I am wondering if he can apply for UI in NYC as the UI in Florida is restricted to only 13 months and for $275 max per month

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    1. Leslee,

      As much as I am aware, church employees do not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

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  6. Could you please provide a reference for the following statement in your article – please see below. Thanks.
    “You may also be qualified for unemployment benefits if:
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  7. If I exhausted all my benefits last year 2019 and my new benefit year starts back up in Jan. 2020 can I reapply? I still should have money in other quarters from my previous job.

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      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

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      I can understand your situation. However, I am not sure if you can claim for voluntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

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      You can be eligible to claim if you resign due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

        1. Paula,

          A copy should be available on the department’s website. You will be able to download after logging in.

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