- Unemployment Rate Dropped The unemployment rate hit 4.9% – only 0.1% above the Federal Reserve’s target unemployment rate.
- Economy Added 161,000 Jobs While this job creation rate was below economists’ predictions, we don’t think it is cause for concern. The growth was matched by revised August and September reports that added another 44,000 jobs.
- Hourly Earnings Increased Earnings increased by 0.4%, pushing them 2.8% higher than this time last year. We haven’t seen an earnings increase this large since 2009.
- People Left Their Jobs at Higher Rates Last month showed the highest number of people who voluntarily left their jobs since 2007.This statistic matters because it can show that people are more confident they’ll be able to find new jobs.
ECONOMIC CALENDAR:Monday: Gallup U.S. Consumer Spending Measure, Consumer Credit Tuesday: U.S. Presidential Election Wednesday: Wholesale Trade, EIA Petroleum Status Report Thursday: Treasury Budget Friday: Banks Closed but Markets Open, Consumer Sentiment
Quote Of The Week
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
Recipe Of The WeekBrie Crostini These tasty appetizers come together in less than 20 minutes. Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 baguette or loaf of crusty bread 2 cloves garlic, halved 1/4-1/2 pound Brie, thinly sliced 1/2 cup orange or quince marmalade 2 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, minced Directions: Slice the baguette or loaf into 1/2 inch rounds. Halve the slices, if necessary, to keep them bite-sized. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Rub each round with the garlic cloves and brush with the olive oil. Top with a slice of Brie. Place the crostini in a single layer on a baking sheet or pizza stone and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Place in the pre-heated oven. Bake 3 to 4 minutes until the Brie bubbles. Watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn. Warm the marmalade or jam in the microwave for 30 seconds. Top each crostini with 1/2 teaspoon of preserve and a sprinkle of thyme. Serve warm. Recipe adapted from Kay Chun | RealSimple.com
Tax TipsCheck Your Flex Spending Accounts The end of the year is less than two months away, and it’s time to check the balance on any flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts you have contributed to throughout the year. Check with your benefits provider to learn about the specifics of your program. If you don’t have a grace period and have a balance left in your account, plan to make a trip to the dentist, drug store, doctor, or optometrist. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov
Golf TipPull the Trigger! Ever freeze up before a swing? Most golfers have experienced an attack of nerves or had unhelpful thoughts derail their shot. The cure to pre-shot nerves is both mental and physical. A good pre-swing mental routine and a couple of warm-up exercises will help you plan your shot and stay loose. Before addressing the ball, ask yourself some strategic questions:
- Where do I want to put the ball?
- What is the lie?
- Have I played this kind of shot before?
- What club is best and why?
Healthy LifestyleFight the Flu With These Healthful Foods ‘Tis the season to catch the flu, and a healthful diet can help you fight off winter colds. To ward off the flu, add these five foods to your diet:
- Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system.
- Black-eyed peas contain zinc, a mineral that can help prevent fatigue.
- Carrots are full of infection-fighting Vitamin A.
- Mushrooms are rich in selenium, which has been shown to fight the flu.
- Tomatoes and citrus fruits have a ton of immune-boosting Vitamin C.