The Labor Department said Monday that it will wait until Hurricane Sandy has subsided this week to announce whether the October jobs report — scheduled to be released this Friday Nov. 2 — will be delayed. The unemployment report would be the last to be released before the presidential election next Tuesday, Nov. 6. "We will assess the situation when the weather emergency is over and notify the press and public of any changes at that time," said Gary Steinberg, spokesman for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data arm of the department. It's unclear whether the storm — which has forced government offices in Washington to close — will affect the processing of data.
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