The surprisingly strong November U.S. jobs report was no game changer for a still-lumbering labor market, Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius told CNBC on Friday.
Despite low expectations for job growth, the U.S. economy created 146,000 jobs last month, defying a predicted drag from superstorm Sandy. However, Hatzius said improvement in the long stagnant jobs sector remained grudging at best — which was unlikely to change anytime soon.
"We're still seeing a gradual improvement in labor market conditions underneath all the month-to-month noise, but it's still pretty gradual," the economist told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" .
Job growth is "still quite slow, and that was the impression prior to this [report], and that's the impression still," he added. (Read More: Goldman's Hatzius Sees 'Sluggish Recovery' in Jobs Report .)