A Dispiriting Jobs Report

The monthly jobs reports have not been very good in recent months, and the September figures are downright dismal. While economists were predicting 200,000 new jobs, only 142,000 were reported. While the unemployment rate, 5.1 percent, was the same as last month, the participation rate fell to 62.4 percent, the lowest level since October, 1977. In other words, the unemployment rate didn’t go up because people left the workforce rather finding jobs.

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