By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERWASHINGTON (AP) — The final jobs report before Americans choose a new president is expected to show that hiring was solid in October, consistent with a decent economy yet one also pocketed by weaknesses that have left many feeling left behind. The steady hiring and a low unemployment rate have put the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates next month for the first time this year. Economists have forecast that employers added 170,000 jobs in October, according to a survey by FactSet, a data provider. That would be slightly above September's gain of 156,000 but in line with the average monthly increase so far this year of 178,000. The unemployment rate is predicted to have dipped to 4.9 percent from 5 percent. The Labor Department will issue the October jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Voters are heading to the polls with a resilient but often unsatisfying economy as a backdrop. Hiring has been strong for nearly three years. Yet wages for many are still rising at only a meager pace, and millions of people are stuck in part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work. The economy is growing at the slowest pace of any in a recovery since World War II. The most recent economic reports have suggested that more of the same may lie ahead. Growth picked up to a 2.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, the government has estimated, much faster than the 1.1 percent pace for the first half of the year. But most analysts foresee only modest expansion in the October-December quarter, leaving growth at an anemic rate of about 1.8 percent for all of 2016. Consumers — the U.S. economy's primary fuel — are showing some staying power, even though their spending slowed in the July-September period. Consumer spending did rise at a robust pace in September alone.