The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release the October employment report today. Economists generally believe that the report will show two things. First, that the unemployment rate has increased to 7.9 percent, and second, there was an increase in the number of non-farm payroll jobs of 125,000. This is the last jobs report before the election. If the report does not match the consensus (either much better or much worse) it could have a material impact on the election. It's important to note that the effects of Hurricane Sandy will not be felt in this release.
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