by James Sherk, Salim Furth
The Heritage Foundation
December 11, 2013
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the recovery continued at a steady pace in November. The unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage point while employers created 203,000 jobs. Although the numbers are initially impressive, they partly reflect the return of federal employees furloughed during the October government shutdown. Labor force participation fell over the past two months to a level not seen since 1978. The labor market has improved, but much weakness remains. Raising the minimum wage at this time—when employers are already struggling with Obamacare—would make it even harder for workers to enter the labor market.

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