U.S. Economy Adds 103,000 Jobs; Unemployment Remains At 9.1%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in September, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gain included about 45,000 striking telecommunications workers who returned to their jobs.

However, employers did not add enough new jobs to reduce the nation’s unemployment rate, which remained at 9.1 percent. Fourteen million people are counted among the unemployed; 6.2 million have been out of work for 27 weeks or more.

The unemployment rates for teenagers (24.6 percent), blacks (16.0 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) remain higher than the national average.

The number of under-employed people – those working part time for economic reasons – rose to 9.3 million in September. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

Job growth is slowing. Since April, payroll employment has increased by an average of 72,000 per month, compared with an average of 161,000 for the prior seven months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised job figures from the last two months. The economy added 127,000 jobs in July (up from 85,000) and 57,000 in August (up from zero.)

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