"Keep it going", said President Donald Trump on Twitter.
"Tax relief is helping our economy grow and Iowans are keeping more of their hard-earned money", Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, who is in one of the most competitive House races in the country against Democrat Cindy Axne, tweeted Friday after the jobs numbers came out.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 250,000 jobs last month as employment in the leisure and hospitality sector bounced back after being held down by Hurricane Florence, which drenched North and SC in mid-September. Professional and business services, which include engineers, architects and accountants, gained 35,000 jobs.
The number of jobs added in September was revised down to 118,000 from the 134,000 originally reported.
The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. The Labor Department said Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle in mid-October, "had no discernible effect on the national employment and unemployment estimates for October". Average hourly earnings meanwhile rose by five cents to $27.30.
October also marked the second month in a row that a hurricane had landed in the middle of the survey - meaning the figures could be subject to extra volatility, Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said. The average workweek increased to 34.5 hours from 34.4 hours in September.
On average, the United States economy has added 218,000 jobs a month over the last three months - well above the rate needed to keep up with population growth.
Strong annual wage growth mirrors other data published this week showing wages and salaries rising in the third quarter by the most since mid-2008.
Oxford Economics said higher wages could spur inflation concerns among Fed policymakers. That sector has averaged a monthly gains 21,000 new positions over the past 12 months. The last time this occurred was over a year ago (June 2017).
Wall Street opened higher after the numbers were released but closed down sharply as investors grew skeptical that a speedy resolution to the US-China trade dispute was likely. Prices of U.S. Treasuries were lower.
If individual workers don't produce more, it is hard for employers to justify pay increases that exceed price increases. Openings exceeded 7.1 million, according to the government's most recent count.
"Over the past year, we have had the largest increase in average hourly earnings since 2009".
Trump and Republican candidates painted the jobs report as further proof of an economic boom, but many independent economists warn that growth has probably peaked and that it is likely there will be a slowdown, especially if trade tensions continue to escalate.
The share of the population in the workforce also rose 0.2 to 60.6%. Retailers created 2,400 jobs following a 32,400 decline in September.
Construction employment rose by 30,000 in October, with almost half of the gain occurring among residential specialty trade contractors. "This job market has more room to run", said Ryan Sweet, head of monetary policy research at Moody's Analytics Inc.in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Companies kept right on hiring in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing.
Among economists, there was wider agreement that the jobs report pointed to strength in the U.S. economy, despite recent worries that weakness may be emerging in some sectors such as housing and trade.
Manufacturing output and hiring remain healthy, according to a survey by a private trade association, although increased tariffs have raised factory costs.