Hurricane Sandy Casts Doubt Over Release Of Fridays October Employment Report [View all]
Hurricane Sandy has cast a cloud of uncertainty over the final jobs report before next week's presidential election, with Labor Department officials scrambling to determine if the data can be finalized before Friday's scheduled release.
Officials at the Labor Department said Monday they have not yet decided whether to delay Friday's employment report because of ongoing uncertainty over the extent of damage the hurricane will cause along the East Coast.
Labor officials said they are are trying to determine whether the massive storm will interfere with the ability of economists and analysts to complete the report on time.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) officials are closely monitoring the hurricane as it works its way across the East Coast, and will decide later in the week if they can release the report on time.