Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called the October jobs report ''an absolute disaster'' at a campaign rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called the October jobs report "an absolute disaster" at a campaign rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire. The October jobs report showed that U.S. employers maintained a strong pace of hiring in October and boosted wages for workers. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 161,000 jobs last month amid gains in construction, healthcare and professional and business services, the Labor Department said on Friday. The closely watched employment report was published four days before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Trump said, "We are living through an economic nightmare." "We have a one way highway right into Mexico, and these other places, they take our jobs, they take our money, they take our cash -- you know what we get out of it? Drugs and unemployment," he said. The race for the White House tightened significantly in the past week, as several swing states that Trump must win shifted from favoring Democrat Hillary Clinton to toss-ups, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project. The two candidates are now tied in Florida and North Carolina, and Clinton's lead in Michigan has narrowed so much that the state is too close to call. Ohio remains a dead heat and Pennsylvania is now tilting to Clinton. Clinton is still the favorite to win Tuesday's election, but Trump now has a plausible route to victory, especially if there is a sharp fall in turnout among African-Americans from the levels of the 2012 election.