*The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in November, a seven-month high, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Employers added only 39,000 jobs last month, a sharp decline from the 172,000 created in October. The weakness was widespread.

Retailers, factories, construction companies, financial firms and the government all cut jobs.

Private companies created 50,000 jobs, down significantly from the 160,000 private-sector jobs created in October.