The Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs in September, and Unemployment Little Changed at 5.0%

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September and unemployment was little changed at 5.0%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In response to the September jobs numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs said:

The yearlong steady unemployment rate of about 5.0% means that any slower growth and unemployment will rise. Stable prices and weak inflation pressure also mean, any slower growth might lead to deflation. So, there is no room for the Fed to raise interest rates at its November meeting.

Spriggs also tweeted:

Last month’s biggest job gains were in professional and business services employment (67,000), health care (33,000), food services and drinking places (30,000), and retail trade (22,000). Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates in September increased for Hispanics (6.4%), while the rates for adult men (4.7%), adult women (4.4%), teenagers (15.8%), whites (4.4%), blacks (8.3%), Asians (3.9%) were little changed.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was down slightly in September and accounted for 24.9% of the unemployed.