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Modest labor gains in September show economy chugging along

Jobseekers stand in line to attend a career fair. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters/File Photo The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent. While job growth slowed in 2016, it has by no means stopped. Over the year, the U.S. economy added an average of 178,000 jobs per month. In 2015, job growth averaged 229,000. As economist Justin Wolfers reminds us, this is the 72nd month of consecutive job growth.
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