US job growth quickens as gain of 531,000 outstrips estimates

A "now hiring" sign outside of a business on Oct. 8 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/TNS)

The U.S. labor market got back on track last month with a larger-than-forecast and broad-based payrolls gain, indicating greater progress filling millions of vacancies as the effects of the delta variant faded.