Friday morning's shockingly high payroll numbers might have been boosted by the government shutdown in October.
Payrolls were up 204,000 last month, easily beating expectations and defying predictions that the 16-day shutdown would scare businesses away from hiring.
The Labor Department said that there had been no "discernible" impact on the payroll figures from the 16-day shutdown. But the real story may be that the figures were influenced in the opposite direction from what was expected.
The figures may have been boosted by an unusually high response rate from employers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the response rate to whats known as its "establishment survey" was 83.5 percent. That's the highest response rate for the initial survey on record. A year ago the response rate for the initial survey was just 72 percent. Last month it was 79 percent.