The October 2022 Jobs Report beat expectations by over 20%. 261,000 jobs were added exceeding the expected 205,000.
While unemployment rose to 3.7%, it is still historically low with nearly two open jobs for every job seeker. Healthcare, professional services and manufacturing led the gains.
To put this growth in perspective, pre-pandemic, the average monthly jobs growth was 164.000.
A hot labor market continues to give the Federal Reserve room to raise interest rates in an effort to combat historically high inflation.
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