Clinton dodges economic shock: Unemployment rate falls to 4.9% heading into Election 2016

The latest job report showed strong wage growth, undercutting Trump’s message of economic disaster.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign can breathe a little easier Friday following a solid October jobs report issued just four days before the election. In the best news for Clinton and the Democrats, wages for American workers are now rising at the fastest pace in seven years.

The October report was no blockbuster. It showed a gain of just 161,000 jobs, slightly below expectations. Unemployment declined to 4.9 percent but 195,000 people left the labor force, reversing some of the big gains in September.

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