WASHINGTON — Total nonfarm payrolls expanded more slowly in November than expected, rising by 39,000 jobs as the unemployment rate climbed to 9.8%, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Private payrolls added 50,000 and government payrolls dropped by 11,000. Economists expected nonfarm payrolls to grow 138,000, private payrolls to rise 140,000, and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 9.6%, according to the median estimate from Thomson Reuters.

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