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95,385,000: Record Number Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Falls to 62.7%

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By Susan Jones | cnsnews.com

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(CNSNews.com) – The economy added 261,000 jobs in October – the most since President Trump took office — and the nation’s unemployment rate dropped another tenth of a point to 4.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

But a record number of Americans – 95,385,000 – were not in the labor force in October, and the critical labor force participation rate dropped four-tenths of a point to 62.7 percent, a disappointing show, as 76,500 Americans left the civilian labor force..

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