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An employment opportunity sign is seen at a Sears store in Schaumburg, Illinois, near Chicago in this file photo taken September 23, 2013. U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a government shutdown, suggesting the budget standoff had a more limited impact on the economy than initially feared. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

U.S. jobs market dodges blow from government shutdown

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By Lucia Mutikani

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a government shutdown, suggesting the budget standoff had a more limited impact on the economy than initially feared.

Employers added 204,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. The unemployment rate, however, rose to 7.3 percent from September's nearly five-year low of 7.2 percent.

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