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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta on October Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement on the October 2017 Employment Situation report:

“October’s jobs report shows a return to strong pre-hurricane employment growth, with 261,000 new jobs created in October and upward revisions of +51,000 jobs for September and +39,000 jobs for August.  Including revisions, this month’s report reflects 351,000 additional jobs.  Since January, the economy has added nearly 1.5 million jobs.

“The unemployment rate dropped again to 4.1%, the lowest since 2000.  Adult male unemployment dropped 0.1% to 3.8%, and adult female unemployment dropped 0.3% to 3.6%, although teenage unemployment increased to 13.7%.

“The economy reversed much of the hurricane-related decline in leisure and hospitality.  Average hourly earnings, likewise, returned to the pre-hurricane range of 2.4% annual growth; higher wage growth is needed.

“Job creators are hiring.  For two quarters in a row, the economy has grown by 3% or more.  Our economy is moving in the right direction, but there is more work to do.  Lower taxes and a simplified tax code will create the right conditions for increased labor force participation and increased wages.”

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