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December 6th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Are the right jobs coming back?

(CNN) - The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.0% - the lowest level since November 2008, as more people said they got jobs and joined the labor force.

But while jobs are coming back, they are not necessarily high-paying ones. Nearly one million of the jobs created this year were in the retail, hospitality, and temp work sectors.

"So long as there's still 11 million people looking for work, not being able to find it, we are going to have no pressure upwards on wages," said The Washington Post's economic policy reporter Jim Tankersley.

But will the middle class jobs that this country lost ever come back?

The U.S. recovery is "not producing a lot of great good-paying jobs," said Tankersley, noting that manufacturing jobs promised by the administration are back, but not nearly to the degree they were promised.

"We have to ask, will we get to a point any time soon where we see good paying family wage jobs be the norm, not the exception," said Tankersley.

For more of our interview with Jim Tankersley, check out the video above.

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