US hiring last month was likely held back by Sandy - Article Photos 1/2

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. (AP Photo)