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In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, photo, job applicants arrives for an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami.

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US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown

The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many analysts had assumed. Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.

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