On Friday’s NewsHour…

BY newsdesk  October 8, 2010 at 4:26 PM EDT

JOBS REPORT SHOWS GRIM NUMBERS | The last jobs report released by the Labor Department before midterm elections showed a loss of 95,000 jobs and an unchanged unemployment rate of 9.6 percent in September. Judy Woodruff reports, then Ray Suarez talks to Lakshman Achuthan, Managing Director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute, for more.

IMPRISONED CHINESE DISSIDENT WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE | The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned Liu Xiaobo for his Human Rights work in China, much to the Asian country’s dismay. Margaret Warner discusses the award and its reactions with Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.

RACE FOR CALIFORNIA’S TOP JOB | With only a month until midterm elections, the focus tends to be on the battle for congressional seats. However, 37 states will also be electing their governors on the same day. Spencer Michels reports on the two candidates vying for California’s gubernatorial position.

NEW PLANS COULD FREE TRAPPED CHILEAN MINERS | Chilean Authorities have been hard at work crafting three plans for rescuing 33 miners, who have been trapped underground since August 5th. Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports on mounting drama and excitement as the race to free the workers continues.

POLITICAL WRAP: SHIELDS AND BROOKS | Columnists Mark Shields
and David Brooks sort through the top political stories of the week.

COMPOSER/VIOLINIST PAIR CREATE AWARD-WINNING MUSIC | Once a student and teacher, violinist Hillary Hahn and composer Jennifer Higdon have been teaming together to play Pulitzer-winning music.

Friday’s anchors are Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the web, including a performance by Hillary Hahn and an interview with Jennifer Higdon on Art Beat. On his Making Sense page, Paul Solman has a post on today’s jobless numbers.

Also, on the Rundown, you can find a web-only interview with Mark Shields and David Brooks.

We hope you join us.