WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in October, its first gain since May, as private nonfarm payrolls jumped by 159,000, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.6%, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Job gains were strongest in mining and a number of service industries.

September's nonfarm payrolls were revised to a decline of 41,000 from an originally reported 95,000 drop, while August nonfarm payrolls were revised to a drop of 1,000 from a 57,000 decline.

Economists expected total nonfarm payrolls to be rise by 60,000 for October and for private payrolls to increase by 75,000. The economists also saw the unemployment rate hovering at 9.6%.

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