Helping to ring in the holiday season many more jobs for the U.S. labor market. U.S. employers added a surprise 146,000 new workers to payrolls in November with retail, professional and business services and temp jobs leading the way. Superstorm Sandy had only a muted effect on the month. Other data showed the jobless rate dipped to 7.7 percent, but that was due to a lower participation rate. A whole lot of Americans stopped looking for work.