Fewer jobs were created last month, which is a far cry from what economists were predicting.
"Notable job gains occurred in professional and business services, transportation and warehousing, construction, and manufacturing," the agency said in a press release. "Employment in retail trade declined over the month."
This comes as the nation faces a new COVID-19 surge from the omicron variant and the holiday shopping season on the horizon.
The report released showed that labor force participation ticked up, and top-line unemployment fell to 4.2%, down .4% from a month ago.
In addition, the agency said the number of unemployed persons fell by 542,000 to 6.9 million.