Vital Signs for the Week of Nov. 1

On tap: The October employment report, third-quarter productivity data, ISM's October factory and non-manufacturing activity indexes, September factory orders, and more

The employment numbers for October should look pretty good. Hurricanes Jeanne, Ivan, and Frances caused havoc during August and September. The powerful storms caused many people to miss work during September. According to the Labor Dept., those who missed work in September for weather related reasons stood at 225,000. Strip out the agricultural sector and the total was still 205,000.

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