Optimism about the employment outlook among the nation's accounting and finance workers took a hit in October, even as confidence among all workers nationally rebounded, according to staffing firm Hudson.

The Hudson Employment Index for accounting and finance workers fell 4.2 points last month to 115.1, down from its 2004 high of 119.3 in September. Despite the decline, the industry index still outpaced the national Hudson Employment Index for workers in all sectors, which rebounded 1.6 points to 108.5, nearing its 2004 high of 108.9.

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