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Unemployment Hits 10.2%

In another positive, the August job loss total was revised lower to 154,000 from 201,000. Meanwhile, September's job loss total was revised to 219,000 from 263,000.

During October, goods-producing employment continued to trend downward, contracting by 129,000 last month. Construction employment declined by 62,000 and manufacturing employment slid by 61,000.

Meanwhile, service-providing employment fell by 61,000 in September. Retail trade accounted for 40,000 of that decline, while employment in education, health care and business services rose.

Immediately following the employment report's release, U.S. stock futures plummeted while bond yields fell as well. The 10-year note was lately up 13/32 in price, dropping the yield to 3.47%, while the 30-year bond jumped 15/32 in price to yield 4.37%.

Several companies announced job cuts in October, including Boeing (BA - Get Report), Sun Microsystems (JAVA), Comcast (CMCSA - Get Report), News Corp. (NWS - Get Report), AMR (AMR), U.S. Airways (LCC) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY - Get Report).

-- Written by Robert Holmes in New York.

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