The number of jobs added to the payrolls last month fell short of economists’ forecasts. Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 199,000, significantly less than the expected 422,000.

However, the jobless rate in December dropped 3.9% from the previous month’s 4.2%.

In addition, 4.5 million workers – or 3% – voluntarily quit their jobs in November, according to the BLS. The rate was highest in the hospitality industry at 6.1%.

Also, there were 10.6 million unfilled jobs around the country in November, a decrease from the approximate 11 million job openings in October.

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From Idaho: Local News 8 reports the Idaho Potato Commission is looking for people to help spread the word about the starchy vegetable.

From Massachusetts: The Center Square reports a new program will provide training to formerly incarcerated individuals to help them gain employment in career-oriented jobs.

From Missouri: KMOV reports a new apprenticeship program in St. Louis will provide new skills and good jobs in the technology industry.

From Oklahoma: The Claremore Daily Progress reports an oilfield equipment manufacturer is hosting a job fair this week for 70 positions at its new Claremore facility.

From Tennessee: The Daily Herald reports a partnership between Columbia State Community College and Upright Education will bring coding boot camps to nine counties in Southern Middle Tennessee.

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