The Job Numbers Are Up, The Job Numbers Are Down
One hand giveth, and the other taketh away. American employers added more than 200,000 jobs in October, about 80,000 more than anticipated, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the labor gurus updated the September numbers to include some 10,000 more jobs than previously thought. But unemployment also edged up, apparently tied to the government shutdown last month. Overall, market watchers see more good than bad as the economy inches toward the holiday retail job boost.