Is US economy on the right track?
2 November 2012 Last updated at 13:08 GMT
The US economy added 171,000 new jobs in October, which was much more than had been expected.
But the official figures from the Labor Department showed that the unemployment rate still rose to 7.9%, having fallen to 7.8% in September, as more workers resumed the search for jobs.
Unemployment is one of the key issues ahead of Tuesday's presidential election.
The BBC's Ros Atkins has been travelling across the US to find out whether ordinary Americans feel their economy is on the road to recovery.