Solid job growth in last reading before election
WASHINGTON – The United States added a solid 171,000 jobs in October, and more than a half-million Americans joined the workforce, the latest signs that the uneven economic recovery is gaining strength once again.
In addition, more jobs were added in August and September than believed. But the unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent because not all those joining the workforce found work, the government said Friday.
The report was the final snapshot of the economy before the presidential election.
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