Job Numbers Show Economy Growing Slightly

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Ed Reilly

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November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in October non-farm employment increased by 171,000 jobs.

The new jobs were in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade.

On the downside, the unemployment level also increased from 7.8% in September to 7.9% in October.

The report says over 12-million American are out of work, and many say they are having a very difficult time finding a job.

The jobs report comes only days before the presidential election.

"Had the jobs report gone up to 8.2%, or even 8.3%, I think that might not have been good for the President . . . and it didn't. So, in a tight race like this, anything can make a difference," said Canisius College Political Science Professor - Michael Haselswerdt.

"The issue is more about getting people to the polls than it is about changing minds at this point," adds Medaille College Political Scientist - Matthew Bowker,, Ph.D.