Oct. Jobs Report: Labor Dept. won't rule out delay of monthly unemployment numbers.

Storm Could Delay October Jobs Report

Storm Could Delay October Jobs Report

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Oct. 29 2012 12:16 PM

Hurricane Sandy Could Mean No More Jobs Data Before the Election

The Wall Street Journal on another way that Hurricane Sandy could indirectly impact the election:

"The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to delay Friday’s October jobs report, the final reading on the labor market before next week’s federal elections. A Labor official said the agency will assess the schedule for all its data releases this week when the 'weather emergency' is over."

Last month's better-than-expected jobs number gave President Obama a dose of good news heading down the home stretch. While a delay of October's numbers until after next Tuesday would prevent the possibility of a similar boon for the president, it would also eliminate the chance that the employment numbers disappoint only days before voters head to the polls.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.