The unemployment rate dipped below 6% for the first time in six years, as the U.S. Department of Labor reported today (Friday) that employers added 248,000 new jobs in September. The gains took the unemployment rate down to 5.9% from August's 6.1% and beat consensus estimates of 215,000.
U.S. labor department jobs report
The August jobs report was disappointing indeed, missing estimates by a whopping 83,000.
Last month employers added the fewest jobs in eight months, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. Payrolls increased by an uninspiring 142,000 in August, handily missing the median forecast for an increase of 230,000.
U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July, resulting in an unexpected rise in the unemployment rate, according to the July jobs report just released today (Friday) by the U.S. Department of Labor.
After surging (a revised) 298,000 in June, nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 last month. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2% from 6.1%.