Unemployment unchanged, job gains slow in September

The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged from August to September, holding steady at 5.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 for the month, falling short of August’s total of 173,000. Job gains for September were less than the average of 167,000 added over the last three months, and below the 198,000 added on average for the year.

The BLS said major gains occurred in health care and information, which added 34,000 jobs and 12,000 jobs, respectively. The mining industry experienced the largest drop in employment, with a loss of 10,000 jobs.

Employment in construction, manufacturing and financial activities showed little to no change.

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