In a statement, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) exhorted Republicans to embrace good economic news.

"Republicans should welcome a lower unemployment rate, not curse it as an unwanted October surprise," the senator said in a statement.

Picking up on the fact that a handful of Republicans are suggesting the numbers were faked, Schumer said, "These half-baked conspiracy theories are proof that some of the President's opponents are openly rooting for the economy to do poorly just to boost their political prospects. After years of blocking this President's jobs proposals, now they are booing any positive sign about the economy just because the election is a month away."