The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday said it is doing everything it can to ensure that the latest unemployment figures are released on Friday as scheduled.

The approach of Hurricane Sandy has brought much of the activity along the East Coast, including the federal government, to a halt. But officials at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said they are trying to ensure that the October job report, the final one before the presidential election, comes out on time.

“The employees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are working hard to ensure the timely release of employment data on Friday, November 2. It is our intention that Friday will be business as usual regarding the October Employment Situation Report,” the department said in a statement Monday.

It remains an open question whether BLS would be able to produce the highly anticipated report amid the hurricane. The BLS said it was closely watching the storm and would announce any change of plan before the scheduled Friday release.