WASHINGTON — Non-farm payroll employment rose 120,000 in November while the unemployment rate fell to 8.6%, much lower than the rate's 9.0% to 9.2% range from April through October, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The November non-farm payroll employment gain was close to the 117,000 estimated by economists polled by Thomson Reuters, but the 8.6% unemployment rate was much lower than the 9.0% rate they projected.

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