The latest jobs report may have been controversial, but at least it was good news. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on November 2 that 171,000 new jobs were created in October. This is higher than the average rate of monthly job creation so far this year, and on top of that, there were significant upward revisions to job creation figures for August and September. The BLS now estimates that 192,000 jobs were created in August (up from the original estimate of 142,000) and that 148,000 jobs were created in September (up from the original estimate of 114,000). The combined strength of these numbers helped pull this year's pace of job creation up to 157,000 jobs per month, compared to 153,000 per month last year.