By Marcus Leach

The US economy was given a timely boost with figures for September revealing 103,000 jobs were added in September.

This figure, released by the Department of Labour, was well ahead of many economists' expectations.

However, the jobless rate overall stayed at 9.1%. But given that in August no jobs were added, sparking mass fear of a new recession, the data will be welcomed.

Last month, US President Barack Obama unveiled a $450bn (£282bn) package of tax cuts and spending plans aimed at creating jobs.

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