Nationwide jobs pickup underscores New York's hesitant recovery

A nationwide jobs pickup could be a preview of strong October jobs numbers in New York City—even as it solidifies that the nationwide recovery will be faster and stronger than the local recovery.

The country’s employers added 531,000 positions in October, according to a report Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. October employment numbers for New York City will clarify what has happened locally when they are released in two weeks.

“By any yardstick, New York is still experiencing a severe economic downturn,” wrote James Parrott, an economist at the Center for New York City Affairs, in a recent update. “And yet, with the exception of the

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