The U.S. Labor Department will wait to gauge the impact ofHurricane Sandy before determining the status of the October jobsreport, the last before next week's presidential election.

The monthly employment data are scheduled to be released Nov. 2at 8:30 a.m. in Washington. The median forecasts of economistssurveyed by Bloomberg call for payrolls to rise by 125,000 workersin October and for the jobless rate to increase to 7.9 percent from7.8 percent.

“We will assess the situation when the weather emergency is overand notify the press and public of any changes at that time,” LaborDepartment spokesman Gary Steinberg said in an e- mailed statementtoday.

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