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'Resilient' after strong jobs report: Labor Sec. Tom Perez

Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 11:53 AM ET
Immigration reform will grow economy: Labor secretary
Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 9:35 AM ET
The shutdown had a negative impact on the economy, said Labor Secretary Tom Perez, with more people temporarily unemployed in October.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez told CNBC on Friday that the October jobs report shows the economy remains resilient, even though last month's government shutdown caused a record number of temporary unemployment.

Perez said his first takeaway from the report was the 44 consecutive months of private sector job growth.

"The economy continues to be resilient, withstanding the self-inflicted wounds from Congress," he said in an interview on "Squawk on the Street."

Perez also promoted the Obama administration's agenda to pass immigration reform, saying it would provide a boost to the economy and help sustain Social Security.

(Read more: Shocker of a US jobs report silences 'disposable' chatter)

"But the second takeaway is that the shutdown undeniably had a negative impact on the economy." Perez said.

"There were more people temporarily unemployed last month than in any month since they've began collecting the survey data in 1967. And so we saw first hand, we saw throughout this country and throughout this city that the shutdown had a negative impact."

(Read more: US stocks rise and yields jump after upbeat jobs report)

The economy added 204,000 in new jobs in October, and unemployment increased by 1 percentage point to 7.3 percent from September, according to the job's report released Friday morning. The increase in nonfarm payroll jobs surprised analysts.

(Read more: Shutdown slowdown? Job creation soars in October)

— By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen. Follow him on Twitter at @jmorganteen and get the latest stories from "Squawk on the Street"

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