With millions of voters still unsure on how to vote in this year's presidential race, many may decide on jobs and wages.
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nonfarm payrolls increased 156,000 in September and the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent. Job growth was below expectations, but just slightly, and economists said the labor market continued to show slow, steady growth.
Despite an overall improvement in the national employment data, job markets in swing states have fared differently. So have gains or losses in the size of the average paycheck.
That means that Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton may fare better in states where job and wage growth has been stronger and voters believe they've benefited from having a Democrat in the White House.
Republican nominee Donald Trump, on the other hand, has a better chance getting traction on pocketbook issues in states where employment and paychecks have been shrinking.
To better assess the impact of jobs and wages on next month's vote, CNBC took a look at the data to see which way those economic forces may influence the final tally.
Some of those swing states will be more important than others. Just four of those "battleground" states, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia come with a combined 66 electoral votes, or 24 percent of the 270 needed to win the election.