The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, less than the 248,000 added in September. The unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, a tick down from 5.9 percent in September.
The news comes after the number of Americans filing for unemployment fell to 278,000 last week, marking the lowest average for jobless claims in 14 years. The number beat predictions and suggested that the U.S. job market is improving.
"Anything over 200,000 is going to be a good number, will keep the unemployment rate solidly in a downward trend, and keeps everything on track for a tightening sometime next year," Michael Gapen, senior U.S. economist at Barclays Capital Inc. in New York, told Bloomberg.