WASHINGTON — The November employment report was stronger than expected and the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Hurricane Sandy did not substantively impact the report because responses were within the normal range. The data show the labor market remains in modest recovery.

November payrolls printed up 146,000 and October-September revisions were down 49,000 in total. Hours and wages rose, suggesting rising incomes and production despite probably a few days of productivity being lost at the start of the hurricane.

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