More workers were hired in September and job gains from previous months were revised higher, but the Labor Department’s latest jobs report says it did not make a dent in the nation’s unemployment rate.
The report had one piece of good news, as revisions showed 99,000 more jobs were added in July and August than initially reported.
Average hourly earnings increased four cents in September, rebounding from a four-cent loss in August. Earnings have increased 1.9 percent in the past year.
Some sectors showed promise, with healthcare and social services payrolls adding 40,800 jobs and construction adding 26,000 workers. Temporary help payrolls, seen as a predictor of future hiring, rose 19,400.