The U.S. economy
added only 148,000 jobs in September, missing analyst expectations of 180,000.
The generally lackluster report — delayed three weeks due to the government shutdown — upwardly revised last month’s figure from 169,000 to 193,000.
The unemployment rate fell slightly, to 7.2% from 7.3% and “average hourly earnings of all employees on private sector payrolls increased 3 cents over the month, following a 7-cent gain in August,” according to the BLS.
In the report, the BLS breaks down the state of American jobs sector by sector.
Nonfarm employment increased by 148,000 in September, averaging 185,000 per month over the past 12 months.
Manufacturing employment has changed little over the past 12 months, with durable goods adding 64,000 jobs while nondurable goods lost 26,000.
Between February 2011 and July 2013, financial activities employment has added an average 8,000 jobs per month.
After adding 61,000 jobs in August, education and health services employment added 14,000 jobs in September.
Over the past year, employment in HMO medical centres, dialysis centres, and other outpatient care centres has increased by 9% each.
Leisure and hospitality saw a big spike after reaching its December 2009 low, but has since tapered off.
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