94.6 Million People Out of Labor Force in October

Job seekers line up to meet potential employers at a career fair on April 18, 2013 in New York City.
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In the final jobs report before election day, October’s national unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. The United States economy added 161,000 jobs, according to statistics released by the Labor Department.

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94,609,000 Americans are now not in the labor force, up slightly from 94,184,000 in September.

The labor force participation rate is 69.2 percent down from 69.3 percent in September.


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