October US jobs report due Friday, as scheduled, last one before election

WASHINGTON — The October jobs report — the most anticipated piece of economic data­ still to be released before the election — will come out as scheduled Friday morning, the government said Wednesday.

The hurricane had shut down government offices, threatening to delay the release of the monthly jobs numbers. That led to hand-wringing in the presidential campaigns and even some accusations that the Obama administration might delay the numbers for its political benefit.

But a Labor Department spokesman said Wednesday in an e-mail that the report would come out as planned.


Economists expect the jobs figures to show slow, steady employment growth, the product of an anemic but persistent recovery, with the US unemployment rate remaining about where it is in the coming months, and employers expected to add workers too slowly to pull the overall jobless rate down further.