It takes a level of 90 to indicate a healthy economy, which hasn't been approached since the recession began in December 2007.
Employers added a net total of only 39,000 jobs last month, a sharp decline from the 172,000 created in October, the Labor Department said Friday. The weakness was widespread. Retailers, factories, construction companies, financial firms and the government all cut jobs.
The disappointing figures caught economists off guard. They had predicted the addition of 150,000 jobs, based on a raft of positive reports that showed busier factories, rising auto sales and a good start to the holiday shopping season in November. Yet all that failed to translate into mass hiring.
One of the big surprises was the loss of 28,100 retail jobs last month despite signs of a busy holiday shopping season.
These numbers show an economy in stagnation, with no real momentum in any direction.