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Economy adds 171,000 jobs in October
Job seekers at a Colorado employment fair: Congress extended unemployment benefits, but controversially mandated drug-testing for certain applicants.
Job seekers at a Colorado employment fair: Congress extended unemployment benefits, but controversially mandated drug-testing for certain applicants.
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he Labor Department reported on Friday that the economy added a solid 171,000  jobs in October, beating most economists' forecasts. The unemployment rate, however, ticked up to 7.9 percent, as more people entered the labor force looking for work. The jobs report is the last before Election Day, and could provide a boost to President Obama as he seeks to convince voters that the economy is on the right track.

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