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WASHINGTON, DC-The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced 171,000 jobs were added to the US economy in October, leaving the unemployment rate rising slightly to 7.9%. The announcement is the last before next week’s presidential election and sure to provide talking points for both camps.

October’s rate was slightly better than the 157,000 jobs per month added, on average, in 2012 and better than the 153,000 added in 2011. Professional and business services, health care, and retail trade were among the categories that saw job growth.

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