October jobs report: Unemployment rate dips
November 4th, 2011
08:48 AM ET
11 years ago

October jobs report: Unemployment rate dips

Washington (CNNMoney) - The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate eased to 9%, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The number of jobs created eased from September, when employers added 158,000 jobs. The jobless rate was 9.1% in September.


Filed under: Jobs • unemployment
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    Quick, get republican governors to lay off more public workers to stop the unemployment rate from falling!

    November 4, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Imagine what the job picture would have been if the republican party had not obstructed President Obama's jobs agenda. Do the right wingnuts realize this is another step in the right direction in spite of their attempts to destroy the middle class?

    November 4, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That's really amusing. So much for Obama's "jobs creation". That's entirely temporary holiday hiring, which will terminate in early January.

    November 4, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    What is this now, 16 straight months of job growth. Good news, indeed. Having said that, though, let me continue with a trend we see here in Minnesota. In the area where I live, WalMart has recently added 3 more new stores, and expanded 3 others into Supercenters. Too bad that the products they deliver (beyond food stuffs) are all Made in China. Same applies to Sears, JC Penney, Target, and all the other retail outlets across America. Can't imagine a family surviving on retail, restaurant, or goods and service minimum wages. Thanks, GOPers for continuing to bring "country" before "party" to your local neighborhoods. Hopefully, come 2012, these same neighborhood residents will give each of you a really rousing applause as they kick you out of office.

    November 4, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. ST

    Hallelujah! slowly , slowly we will get there.

    November 4, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Careful – the republican-run companies will lay off more people to send unemployment sky-rocketing again. Why do they deserve to keep control of the House of Representatives? Because they vote FOR corporations that hate democrats.

    November 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Republican who supports President Obama

    It would be much lower of the GOP in office actually did something to help the american citizens. By obstructing the President's proposals there are plenty of folks that are affected. Time to fire the GOP in office.

    November 4, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Padraig

    The people who have fell off unemployment assistance and the one's who stopped looking are not counted. The Department of Labor have those numbers and those are the ones that should be posted.

    Of the 80,000 jobs how many are seasonal jobs that will stop in late December or early January?

    November 4, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Steve

    Who's talking about the percentage drop. If it increased by 1% the media would be feasting. HYPOCRITES

    November 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    strange the economy added LESS jobs this month than last, yet the UE rate went down slightly. If the rate keeps going down and gets below 9 the GOP may have to come up with another plan to get Obama out of office in 2012.

    November 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. gt

    9 % is bogus...its twice that amount...stop shipping jobs to mexico and china would help... whirlpool just sent a 1000 jobs from arkansas to mexico...there is your greed ....

    November 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Jerry

    I am wondering: Are these the real/true numbers? Were these numbers somehow altered to make the presidents sagging poll numbers look more palatable to the American people? We've been lied to so often. Sometimes it's very difficult to believe anything coming from this Democratic administration. Just wondering!

    America, don't be fooled, AGAIN!!!

    November 4, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    I was hoping that seasonal hiring would have begun to kick in. Guess not. Something drastic is going to have to be considered.

    November 4, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. pmk1953

    I guess a repub governor will have to slash state payrolls somewhere to make up for this. We can't have the unemployment rate drop, this is against the repub plan.

    November 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. jcgaunet

    These unemployment figures are completely bogus. I've been out of work 2 years but who's counting me? Nobody! My unemployment benefits ran out a long time ago so I am completely off the radar along with thousands of others. Get real!

    November 4, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |