US adds 250,000 jobs in October, unemployment hovers at 3.7%

US adds 250,000 jobs in October, unemployment hovers at 3.7%

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Construction cranes in the Anacosta region of Southeast Washington, DC (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Construction cranes in the Anacosta region of Southeast Washington, DC (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy added 250,000 jobs in October, well above the monthly average of 211,000 tallied in the previous 12 months.

The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, unchanged from September and the lowest since late 1969.

The leisure and hospitality sector saw the greatest growth, adding 42,000 jobs, while the health care field followed with 36,000 new jobs.

Professional and business services added 35,000 jobs, manufacturing added 32,000, construction added 30,000 and transportation and warehousing netted 25,000.

The mining industry gained an additional 5,000 jobs as well.

The data, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor statistics, represents the final employment report before Tuesday’s midterm elections.

President Donald Trump touted the numbers later in a tweet, urging Americans to “keep it going” by voting for Republicans.

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