So the numbers rolled in a bit better than had been expected, with 252,000 net new jobs (240,000 had been forecast) and the official unemployment rate dropping to 5.6%. October and November new net job estimates were revised upward by a total of 50,000. On the other hand, the labor force participation rate actually dropped slightly.

We’ll see within the hour whether Republicans react to the jobs report with the usual sour grapes, or instead follow Mitch McConnell’s new practice of taking credit based on the idea that investors and consumers are celebrating Republican congressional gains by cutting loose with stalled spending.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.