In this combination of Associated Press file photos, a firefighter surveys the smoldering ruins of a house in the Breezy Point section of New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, left, and James Dresch of MND Partners Inc. works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in New York, right. The combination of U.S. employers that shut down because of Superstorm Sandy and fears over looming tax increases and spending cuts likely slowed hiring sharply in November. A private survey released Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, showed that companies added fewer workers last month than in October.
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, the interior of the Food Network Kitchen is seen in the reflection of a mirror at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. service companies grew at a slightly faster pace in November because sales and new orders rose, a good sign for the economy. The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 54.7 from 54.2 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. November’s figure is above the 12-month average of 54.4