The Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the Employment Situation (link) showed a gain of 211,000 jobs over October 2015. Herewith the standard chart:
This one goes back to 2005 and shows changes, October to November, in the 2005-2015 period. Notice how the October-November change signals the coming of the Great Recession—and thereafter the annual increase October to November of the same number—until 2015. Last month the number, while respectable, indicates a divergence from trend. Last year we added 423,000 jobs; this year less than half as much. Does that signal that Christmas sales are moving to December—or is it a sign of continued uncertainty and lack of confidence? We shall see how December behaves.