3 Things You Should Know From the October 2016 Jobs Report

November 4, 2016 Deanna Hartley


3 Things You Should Know From the October 2016 Jobs Report

Halloween may have come and gone, but the October jobs report – released this morning by the BLS – was by no means scary.

Breaking: The U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October (a bit less than expected); unemployment rate = 4.9%. #jobsreport #JobsFriday

— CareerBuilder (@CBforEmployers) November 4, 2016


As you may know, following each month’s BLS jobs report, we read dozens of news reports, scour the web, and break what we find down to three key talking points you can use. Whether you’re taking a break at the office water cooler or conversing with peers in the industry, you’ll have three conversation starters in your pocket.

Here’s the News You Can Use From Today’s Release:

1. Numbers were slightly lower than expected, but the unemployment rate also dropped. Economists had predicted that today’s BLS job gains would be somewhere in the 170,000-plus range; but in reality the U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October.

Some reactions to the report: “Economists had forecast another report that was neither super-impressive nor terrible, and that’s what we got.”

However, it’s also worthwhile to note that an additional 44,000 jobs were added over the course of August and September, according to some new BLS revisions.

2. This is the last jobs report before the elections. So how might the candidates use this report to extract some talking points?

According to Business Insider:

As both presidential candidates make their final pitches to voters, they can pick data points in this report to advance their narratives. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, can point to the number of jobs that have been created during the recovery, the record 73 straight months of gains, and the drop in the unemployment rate to a postrecession low. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, can focus on the headline print that missed expectations and the 5.9 million people who still work part-time for economic reasons.

According to The New York Times:

While the final weeks of the presidential campaign seemed to be preoccupied with everything but the economy, Friday’s report from the Labor Department refocused attention – at least briefly – on the crucial bread-and-butter issue: jobs. For the candidates, the latest employment report …[allows] each side to offer its own distinctive narrative of the economy’s performance and prospects.

3. Wages appear to be stronger.

According to The New York Times:

Average hourly earnings rose 2.8 percent year over year, a level not reached since 2008.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

Hiring by U.S. employers remained healthy in October as wage growth accelerated to its strongest pace since the recession, signaling solid momentum in the labor market and broader economy just days before American voters elect a new president.

Don’t miss the jobs report buzz! Follow us on Twitter @CBforEmployers and live tweet with us starting at 8:30 a.m. EST on the first Friday of every month as part of #JobsFriday.


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