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U.S. adds 261,000 jobs in October in hurricane-inflated gain

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The numbers: The U.S. economy added 261,000 jobs in October as employment rebounded from barely any gain in the prior month due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a 325,000 increase in nonfarm jobs. 

Unemployment dipped to 4.1% from 4.2% and sat near a 17-year low, but the decline stemmed in part from a 765,000 plunge in the number of people in the labor force.

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