Agence France-PresseNovember 8, 2013 10:37
The US economy added a surprise 204,000 jobs in October despite the government shutdown, double what analysts forecast, the Labor Department reported Friday.
With revisions that added 60,000 net new jobs to the previous two months' numbers, the data painted a better picture than expected of job growth in the economy.
Nevertheless, the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.3 percent as expected, compared with 7.9 percent a year ago.
The additional jobs all came from the private sector, as governments cut a net 8,000 positions.