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Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs In October


Growth was strongest in professional services, health care, and retail trade, which added 51,000, 31,000, and 36,000 jobs respectively.

However, private sector gains were offset slightly by 13,000 government job losses, split nearly evenly between postal service and state government retrenchment.

The report is consistent with other improving economic indicators, showing growing consumer confidence, increased manufacturing, and a strengthening housing market. It's also a capstone on top of a stack of good headlines for Obama, whose handling of Hurricane Sandy earned praise from New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie, and who on Thursday earned the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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