economy*It wasn’t a humongous gain, but it keeps going in the right direction.

U.S. job growth picked up a bit in November and the unemployment rate fell as the labor market shrugged off hurricane Sandy, the latest sign of a steady if unspectacular economic recovery.

U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by a seasonally adjusted 146,000 last month, the Labor Department said. The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households, fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7%, the lowest level since December 2008.

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