The data gave markets a brief jolt. Interest rates surged, with the 10-year Treasury climbing 0.13 percentage points to 2.73 percent, the highest since mid-September. The stock market plugged forward though, notching modest gains in early trading.
Leisure and hospitality led the way in job creation with 53,000 new positions, 29,000 of which came from bars and restaurants. Professional and technical services added 21,000 while manufacturing contributed 19,000, according to the establishment survey of businesses.
Federal employment dropped by just 12,000.
Though the jobs creation number jumped, there was a mixed bag of news. The civilian labor force tumbled by 720,000 and the labor force participation rate fell to its lowest since March 1978.
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Most startlingly, the household survey actually saw employment fall by 735,000 for the month.
"While the furloughed government workers technically should be counted as employed in the nonfarm payroll count as part of the establishment survey, at the same time they are counted as temporarily unemployed in the household survey," said Kathy Bostjancic, director of macroeconomic analysis at The Conference Board. "The negative impact from the partial government shutdown on the nonfarm payroll employment count doesn't seem to have affected the private sector at all."
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The government's birth-death model, which estimates jobs created and lost through recently opened and closed businesses, added 126,000 to the total.
The numbers were expected to be noisy due in large part to the government shutdown and generally speaking have been on a modest downward trajectory lately.