The jobless rate probably rose in October as U.S. employers kepta tight rein on payrolls with the nation closing in on theso-called fiscal cliff, economists said before a report thisweek.

A net 125,000 workers were added to headcounts following anincrease of 114,000 in September, according to the median forecastof 72 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before the Nov. 2 LaborDepartment figures. The unemployment rate climbed to 7.9 percentlast month from a three-year low of 7.8 percent, the surveyshowed.

“We're just treading water, getting the labor market to growfast enough to cover population growth,” said Joshua Dennerlein, aU.S. economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York. The “drop inunemployment was probably not sustainable.”

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