Storm could delay final pre-election jobs report


PHOTO GALLERY: Sandy's path of destruction. (Gerry Broome / AP)

The Labor Department has not yet ruled out delaying Friday's jobs report due to the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy. 

"The employees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are working hard to ensure the timely release of employment data on Friday, November 2," the BLS said in a statement. "It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual regarding the October Employment Situation Report."

Intense security measures surrounding the monthly jobs reports mean the numbers cannot be crunched remotely. The analysts responsible for preparing Friday's jobs report are considered "non-essential" personnel and are not at their desks today.

The jobs report would be the last word on the economy before voters head to the polls. Last month's report showed unemployment dropping from 8.1 to 7.8 percent, a number some conservatives questioned as suspiciously positive. 

Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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