WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers stepped up their hiring in October, adding a solid 531,000 jobs, the most since July and a sign that the recovery from the pandemic recession may be overcoming a virus-induced slowdown.
Friday’s report from the Labor Department also showed that the unemployment rate fell to 4.6% last month, from 4.8% in September.
The economy’s emergence from the pandemic, by most measures, remains on course.
Services companies in such areas as retail, banks and warehousing have reported a sharp jump in sales.
More Americans bought new homes last month. And consumer confidence rose in October.