Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 07:00 a.m.

The Gallup organization, in a report released Monday, says government and private sector layoffs accelerated during the second half of September.

Due to the time necessary to calculate the data, the monthly unemployment rate published by the U.S. Department of Labor only takes into account the first two weeks of each month.

In its report, Gallup says layoffs in late September and early October were basically ugly.

Expect the rate to hit 10.0%.

The next official unemployment number from the government will not occur until November 5, three days after the november mid-term elections.

For a link to the Gallup release, click here.