WASHINGTON — Employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown in October and added a robust 204,000 non-farm jobs, the government said Friday in a much-better-than-expected report that also saw the jobless rate tick up slightly, to 7.3 percent.
Mainstream economists had expected job growth in the range of 120,000, so the October surprise was a bit of a shock. And it came a day after the Commerce Department had reported that the economy grew at a faster-than-expected annual rate of 2.8 percent from July to September.
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