171,000 Net New Jobs Added in October; Jack Welch Locked in Cage SHARE: Tweet @adampasick The final nonfarm payrolls report showed the economy added 171,000 net new jobs in October, beating expectations, while the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 7.9 percent. Revisions to previous months added another 84,000 jobs. It should not affect the election. But there will be chatter. Amazingly, Jack Welch did not go BLS Truther on us this time.