The Bureau of Statistics’ latest jobs report shows that November marked a slowdown in hiring as experts fear the arrival of a new coronavirus variant could further disrupt economic recovery. The economy added just 210,000 jobs last month, far below economists’ prediction that 573,000 positions would be created.

November was a sluggish month for women re-entering the workforce, too, as women gained only 36% of new jobs, reports the National Women’s Law Center. It’s a sharp decline from October when more than half of the new positions created went to women.

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