What shutdown? Jobs growth strong in October
November 8th, 2013
09:07 AM ET
12 months ago

What shutdown? Jobs growth strong in October

New York (CNNMoney) – What shutdown? Job growth unexpectedly surged in October, even as the federal government closed its doors for 16 days.

The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was well above economists' expectations. There was more good news about hiring during the late summer. Revisions showed an extra 60,000 jobs were created in August and September.

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  1. Anonymous

    Imagine how better it would be without the GOP shutdown.

    November 8, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    The most awful event "Calvary" brought the greatest blessing for the world. I guess the same can be said of the
    "shut-down" (smile)

    November 8, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And if the shutdown didn't occur, those numbers would be stronger. Don't you realize by now that the GOP's goal is to sabotage the economy.

    November 8, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Do you know Shut-Down crippled this Economy. Now these uneducated Congress idiots are crying on sequester. Pathetic. These things are causing the American consumer to cut back on spending. Idiotic congress. Fire all these idiots in a Democratic way in 2014. None is eligible for re-election. Period.

    November 8, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I look at the chart, and July catches my eye. We have had late spring, early summer drop like that in each of the past three years. It seems to be a new normal that's taking shape. Is it new college graduates looking for jobs?

    November 8, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    I look at the chart, and July catches my eye. We have had late spring, early summer drop like that in each of the past three years. It seems to be a new normal that's taking shape. Is it new college graduates looking for jobs?
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    It's as good an excuse as any.

    November 8, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    here's the bottom line on this "Jobs" thing.....IF the bonehead & company can get along, there would be "Thousands" more Jobs, period.....
    I see a lot of posts & comments on these boards by people that are So sure that come November 2014, the republicans will be out .......They better re-think what they are saying...... I think it may be a republican "sweep"....( maybe) there's a good chance of it.....there's a lot of people that are ticked off right now, regarding this ACA debacle....Dems And Repubs...... both......not to mention those other guys are hammering Obama constantly, night after night, after night, on the other news channel....( I'm not going to mention which one) and it all starts w/ o'reilly / & rove & the rest of the people.....I mean, they are saying that there will be a republican "sweep" in November....

    November 8, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans stopped talking about jobs but democrats still focusing on jobs result more jobs
    Republicans shout down the Government we move forward and creates more jobs
    Republicans repeal Obama care 42times Obama care is moving forward

    November 8, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "( I'm not going to mention which one) and it all starts w/ o'reilly / & rove & the rest of the people.....I mean, they are saying that there will be a republican "sweep" in November...."

    Ah. I wondered where the GOP talking points were coming from. Thanks for the update.

    Mitt Romney Wins In A Landslide. (maps to prove it forthcoming)

    November 8, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Right wingnuts are looking for the good old days when we were losing 8 million jobs a year under W.

    November 8, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Lynda – Did you see Karl Rove brought out the white board with the domestic terrorist talking points yesterday? That should be categorized as a WMD.

    November 8, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    ""Mitt Romney Wins In A Landslide. (maps to prove it forthcoming""
    hope your right....they are going to keep Obama's head in a Vise, for the next 3 yrs......
    (coming from an Independent point of view)

    November 8, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. TONE

    @ Larry in Houston
    The same guys you mentioned on the news channels also projected Romney to win in 2012 look how wrong they were. 2014 will be just like 2010 except it will be the Dems wiping the floor with republicans, the party of stupid,because they still did not learn anything.

    November 8, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Data Driven

    We also LOST jobs because of the shutdown according to the article, jobs that were more secure than "bars and restaurants" and other holiday hiring. And a simple look at the chart shows this was a rather average month over the course of this year, not an AMAZINGLY good month.

    Before anyone starts building their strawmen, perhaps they can also explain why we didn't need all those billions of dollars we lost. The shutdown COULD have caused a recession, but it appears that it didn't. So that makes it OK?

    If I get drunk and go driving and manage not to kill anyone on the way home, does that make it OK? I fear that, like a drunk driver, the GOP will now be encouraged to shut down the government every three months because they appear to have gotten away with it. Eventually, you run out of luck.

    November 8, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. A True Conservative

    The shutdown crippled the economy? Are you talking about the 16 day paid vacation for most federal workers?

    No Tampa Tim – conservatives are looking for honesty. Yes the unemployment rate is going down.....and more and more people are no longer employed at all. Food stamp participation has skyrocketed....yet the left can't see this for some reason. We conservatives are simply stunned by how blind the left is to everything going on around them. What is happening to this nation is right out of 1984 or Atlas Shrugged....and the left refuses to see it or admit that it's true.....unbelievable........

    November 8, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tampa Tim
    Lynda – Did you see Karl Rove brought out the white board with the domestic terrorist talking points yesterday? That should be categorized as a WMD.
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    No. I don't watch FOX (which is why I thanked Larry for his update. I should have guessed ...yes?). You're cracking me up ... !

    @Larry

    When haven't they kept Obama's head in a vise? I can't do anything about the media, but this is nothing new. Indeed. All this anti-Obama talk is getting old throughout America.

    Besides which, very few people actually watch the three Cable News Networks. Those that do watch these programs have already made up their minds one way or the other and tune into for the appropriate talking point meme to substantiate their "views".

    November 8, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. rs

    It is good the numbers are up, but it doesn't wash away the Rights sabotage of the federal government nor their attempt at crashing the economy- although it shows the raw deperateness of the Right to hurt America (again).

    The Right is still essentially the "Dead-end" kids trying to devalue the neighborhood. It's a shame they won't do anything constructive with their time or energy.

    November 8, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Larry in Houston

    @ TONE – – I hope you're right......as an Independent, I don't want this country to go back to the 1960's – – (or 1950's for that matter)

    that's what will happen, if we get one in the W.H. in 2016......and again, coming from an Independent point of view, I don't know if it's going to mean much, (especially Voting in a red state) but they way they are acting, (like a bunch of kids) I will Vote for every democrat, come November....

    November 8, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Abbey

    Once again the Democrats fear tactics fail. Maybe if they would also stop lying to the American public so much voters would start to take them at their word. Not while Obama and Reid have control.

    November 8, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. rs

    No Tampa Tim – conservatives are looking for honesty.
    ______________________
    And using blackmail to undo laws that benefit Middle-Class Americans is your brand of "honesty". An attempted coup d'etat is appropriate? Attemting to crash the economy again is the way to bend legislation? Do you realize it is statements of that caliber that have caused Americans to give the Right a 22% approval rating?
    You guys are delusional if that is really what you think.

    November 8, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative

    The shutdown crippled the economy? Are you talking about the 16 day paid vacation for most federal workers?

    No Tampa Tim – conservatives are looking for honesty. Yes the unemployment rate is going down.....and more and more people are no longer employed at all. Food stamp participation has skyrocketed....yet the left can't see this for some reason.
    -----------------
    SNAP participation creeps upward every time that they open up a new Wal*Mart.
    The local small businesses suffer and close up shop every time that they open up a new Wal*Mart.

    November 8, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Anonymous

    So, is Ted Cruz now going to claim he created jobs?

    November 8, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Larry in Houston

    """ "Dead-end" kids trying to devalue the neighborhood. It's a shame they won't do anything constructive with their time or energy"""

    LOL – I rest my case .....

    I'm not a huge Obama fan, but he's better than anybody the other side has.....or had in the last 5 yrs.....

    >sorry to be so blunt<

    November 8, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative wrote:

    ... We conservatives are simply stunned by how blind the left is to everything going on around them. What is happening to this nation is right out of 1984 or Atlas Shrugged....and the left refuses to see it or admit that it's true.....unbelievable........
    ----------------------
    Seriously? You have got to be joking. The left has been complaining about exactly that. The plutocracy that the right wing policies are creating and reinforcing. You just shot your whole entire "liberals are communist socialists" conspiracy theory in the foot. You can't have it both ways. Liberals can't want communist socialism and be imperial capitalists at the same time.

    November 8, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Data Driven

    "Are you talking about the 16 day paid vacation for most federal workers?"

    (shrugs) What's wrong with that? They go on vacation and spend money that helps the economy.

    16 out of 270-odd days is not worth getting all hot and bothered about.

    November 8, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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