Employers added robust 204,000 jobs in October

Posted by Kevin G. Hall on November 8, 2013 

Economy

In this Oct. 25, 2012, photo, a sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y.

MIKE GROLL — ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • OCTOBER BY THE NUMBERS

    • Professional and business services, up 44,000.
    • Manufacturing, up 19,000.
    • Leisure and hospitality up 53,000.
    • Health care, up 15,000
    • Construction, up 11,000.
    • Temporary help services, up 3,300.
    • Transportation and warehousing, unchanged.
    • Retail, up 44,400.
    • Financial services, up 7,000.
    • Government jobs, down 8,000.

— Shutdown, what shutdown? Employers added a much better than expected 204,000 jobs in October, the government said Friday in a much anticipated report on hiring that was expected to be a glum one because of the Oct.1-Oct.16 partial closing of the federal government.

October non-farm payrolls were strong across the board, with the detailed tables showing that leisure and hospitality, retail trade and manufacturing all posted big gains in a month that was expected to be a slow one because of uncertainty over Washington brinksmanship.

Private-sector payrolls were even stronger, with 212,000 new hires. But 8,000 lost government jobs dragged down the headline number slightly.

The unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent in October.

The jobs report was pushed back a week because of the government shutdown, giving some distance between the report on September jobs, which was delayed two weeks by the 16-day partial government shutdown.

 

 

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