Most economist believe that the statistics are cooked. US economy adds 171K jobs, rate rises to 7.9 pct. US economy adds 171K jobs, rate rises to 7.9 pct. - Yahoo! News WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. The Labor Department's last look at hiring before Tuesday's election sketched a picture of a job market that is gradually gaining momentum after nearly stalling in the spring.