The U.S. economy added jobs in October for the first time since May as private-sector hiring picked up, but the unemployment rate remained elevated.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by a greater-than-expected 151,000 last month as private-sector employers added 159,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. The September number was revised to show payrolls fell by 41,000, less than an original estimate of a 95,000 decline.

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