The U.S. economy added more than half a million new jobs in October, the Labor Department data revealed. The figure came in higher than expected by analysts.
The Bureau for Labor Statistics data showed that 531,000 jobs were added in October, compared to the Street forecast of 450,000. The increase in hiring is almost double the job gains in September.
The private sector added 604,000 new jobs last month. Government was the only sector in which employment fell.
The unemployment rate fell to 4.6% , from 4.8%.
However, labor force participation remains tepid. The number of people who joined the labor force only rose by 104,000, leading to a participation rate of just 61.6%. The labor-force participation rate has not shown any significant increase over the past year and remains near the lowest level since the early 1970s.
Labor shortage is a potential reason behind the upward push to wages, as companies try to boost pay in order to attract enough workers. Hourly wages rose again in October and they have increased +4.9% in the last 12 months, one of the steepest increases in decades.