US economy added 531,000 jobs in October, exceeding expectations

Economists expect 450,000 new jobs in October, according to Dow Jones.
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The federal government said Friday the U.S. economy in October added 531,000 jobs, exceeding expectations of roughly 450,000 new hires.

The number of new non-farm payroll jobs last month compares to just 194,000 new jobs added in September.

The report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also shows the unemployment rate last month was 4.6%, down from the September rate of 4.8%, as the U.S. and global economies continue to try to return to pre-pandemic levels. 

Among the ongoing challenges are inflation, supply-chain delays and COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates that are forcing some workers off the jobs and keeping potential employees on the sidelines. 

Economists expect 450,000 new jobs in October, according to Dow Jones.