U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said the drop in the unemployment rate shows the U.S. economy is recovering, and extending a cut in the payroll tax will help boost hiring and spending even more.

The jobless rate remains high and “the urgency is to do something now,” Solis said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

The Labor Department today said the jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest since March 2009, after employers last month added 120,000 jobs.