November would mark the 10th straight month that job growth has exceeded 200,000, the longest such stretch since 1994 and further confirmation the economy is weathering slowdowns in China and the euro zone, as well as a recession in Japan.
"The U.S. economy remains the best-looking house in an ugly neighborhood," said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester Pennsylvania.
The Labor Department will release its closely watched employment report on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.
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Data ranging from manufacturing to automobile sales have pointed to momentum in the economy.
But strengthening labor market conditions have yet to spur faster wage growth, a key factor that will determine the timing of the U.S. central bank's first rate hike.
Average hourly earnings are forecast rising 0.2 percent in November, which would leave them up 2.0 percent from a year ago. That's well below the increase of 3 percent or more economists say would make the Fed comfortable lifting benchmark overnight rates from near zero, where they have been since December 2008.
"The fact that wage growth is low provides support to the Fed view that there is no rush to raise rates," said Thomas Costerg, an economist at Standard Chartered Bank in New York.
Many economists expect the Fed to wait until mid-2015 before hiking rates.