United States job growth surges, nonfarm payrolls goes up

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The "leisure and hospitality" sector, however, added 106,000 jobs.

Windsor's unemployment rate is up almost two per cent compared to a year ago, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Friday.

The falling unemployment rate was likely to sharpen debate among Federal Reserve policymakers, who appear likely to raise the benchmark United States interest rate next month despite doggedly low inflation which a vocal minority argues should keep the Fed on hold.

More employers say positions are increasingly hard to fill amid a scarcity of skilled workers.

Despite adding jobs, Canada's unemployment rate increased to 6.3 per cent, up from 6.2 per cent in September.

The Canadian employment report "points to continued gradual tightening in the labor market and supports our call for a more hawkish stance by the Bank of Canada and another [rate] hike in January", said strategists at TD Securities in a note to clients.

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US labor reports for October were released Friday, and the numbers were slightly better than what was initially expected.

As a result, the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, the lowest it's been since December 2000. When using U.S. Labor Department methodology, Canada's jobless rate in October was 5.2%. And a broad measure of unemployment that includes Americans stuck in part-time jobs or too discouraged to look for work fell to 7.9%, matching its lowest level since 2006.

October's strong jobs data "suggest there is still some life left in the economic upswing", BMO Capital Markets chief economist Doug Porter said.

When combined with August and September's job growth, estimates of which were revised up, data show the economy added jobs over the last three months at a pace of 162,000 a month.

On the wage front, average hourly pay rose 2.4% in October from a year ago, following a 2.2% advance in September.

Additionally, wages rose from the same time previous year by 2.4 percent but slowed somewhat from last month.