The latest picture of the economy shows a strong labor market but some misgivings among consumers.
The Labor Department reported that November payrolls increased a stronger-than-expected 132,000 jobs in November, though the unemployment rate edged up slightly from October.
But consumer sentiment fell in December, a preliminary report showed, as consumers
pared back their views of future financial conditions.
The University of Michigan said its preliminary reading on consumer sentiment in December was 90.2, down from November's reading of 92.1.
The index had been expected to ease to 92.0, according to a median forecast of economists polled by Reuters.