U.S. unemployment little changed in October

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Employment rose by 204,000 nationally in October, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment figures included federal employees who were out of work during the government shut down and were classified as being temporarily laid off.

Both the number of unemployed people, at 11.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.3 percent, changed just slightly in October. The long-term unemployed (those out of work for 27 weeks or more) stayed steady at 4.1 million.

Employment increases in October by sector:
Leisure and hospitality employment … 53,000
Retail … 44,000
Professional and technical … 21,000
Manufacturing … 19,000

Unemployment figures by worker groups:
Adult men … 7.0 percent
Adult women … 6.4 percent
Teenagers … 22.2 percent
Whites … 6.3 percent
Blacks … 13.1 percent
Hispanics … 9.1 percent
Asians … 5.2 percent

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