Economy 101: Unemployment by the Numbers

Companies added a net total of 159,000 workers last month, the most since April. After factoring in a decline in government workers, total payrolls rose 151,000. The jobless rate remained 9.6 percent for the third straight month. October was the 10th straight month that the private sector has added jobs.

Still, unemployment affects some categories of people more than others. Here's how it breaks down among different groups, along with other details from the government's report: