WASHINGTON (AP) - The employment snapshot due out today isn't expected to contain much to crow about.
It could also serve as a reminder to newly elected members of Congress of the economic challenges they face in January.
The jobs report for October is expected to show hiring weak and unemployment still high. The outlook for 2011 isn't much better.
Economists expect the Labor Department to report that employers added just 60,000 jobs in October, fewer than the 100,000 needed to keep pace with population growth. It's also far fewer than the 200,000 needed to start returning the 15 million unemployed Americans to work.
As a result, the unemployment rate is expected to remain 9.6 percent for a third straight month.
Many economists see unemployment remaining above 9 percent through next year.