Unemployment remains steady at 9.1 %
October 7th, 2011
08:43 AM ET
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Unemployment remains steady at 9.1 %

New York (CNNMoney) - Hiring was stronger than expected in September, a rare piece of good news amid growing worries of a weakening U.S. economy. Employers added 103,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. And July and August were both revised higher, showing an additional gain of 99,000 jobs over the summer. For the last several months, there have been widespread concerns about the economy falling back into recession. And Friday's report was welcome news amid fear of a double-dip recession. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had predicted a gain of just 65,000 jobs in the month.

Businesses added 137,000 jobs, including 45,000 Verizon strikers who returned to work last month. But that hiring was slightly offset by a loss of 34,000 public jobs, mostly at the local government level. Economists had predicted the private sector would add 90,000 workers in the month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at 9.1% in August, in line with economists' forecasts.

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  1. America First, Party Seond

    Why is the party that ran on the so-called job creation so damn silience after a year of sweeping the House in 2010??? They have no clue or no plans to create jobs.No fair tax increase is what we have now and have been in place since Bush–and where is this getting us? their only agenda until next year is remove the democretically elected president, hell with the country, period.

    October 7, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Now only if Congress will pass the President's jobs bill, we can keep the ball rolling. But noooo!!! They will obstruct all the way up to election day. So be it. They'll all be out of job next year.

    October 7, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. lkz

    Strikers going back to work is not "jobs added".

    October 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. BB

    Trickle down failed 20 years ago!! we are here to take America back from greedy corporations!! the world is watching the failure in trickle down Karl rove economics and Koch theory!

    October 7, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. FM

    The unemployement will go down as soon as President's Job Act is signed into a bill. Plain and simple. Action is needed if at all law makers are serious in helping people!

    October 7, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans should be happy, 34,000 public employees lost their jobs. Business added 137,000 jobs, so we will not reach the free fall of job loss of 8 million in Bush's last three years.

    October 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Meanwhile in Congress, there has been no jobs bill passed by the folks who ran on that platform. So, GOP/ Tea party, where are the jobs?

    October 7, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. PA_outofwork

    BS, wait until the real number comes out, it will be revised in two weeks to show 9.5% unemployment. If you include those people the Obama administration stopped counting, unemployment is over 19%.%.

    October 7, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Pssst, don't tell the GOP/TP that people are returning to work: the idea that some Americans are returning to work would make their heads explode, and working people have not got the time to clean up the mess.

    October 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Terry, VA

    The real number of jobs added in September is really 58,000 until it is adjusted downward next month as it always is. How can there be 103,000 jobs added as 45,000 workers were on strike and returned to work after the strike? The jobs were always there, the union thugs just walked off them. I can't believe that anyone that goes on strike gets unemployment. But that is another topic. The truth of the matter is Obummie couldn't run one of Herman Cain's pizza joints. He is a total failure as president.

    October 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Ed DFWTX

    Obama can't do it all alone. It is going to take more demand for products in the market and greedy companies hiring more people, but one group that doesn't seem to help are the GOP. The party of no needs to pass Obama's job plan or come up with one of their own. How many jobs have the GOP created since they gained the majority of Congress? Zero. They need to work with the President and forget their stupid pledges to people like Glover Norquest. You work for the people, not special interest!

    October 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. A True Centrist

    Just so I understand, half the jobs "created" were the Verizon workers coming back from a strike? Gee...great

    We need to find a way to get people back to work. I know "corporations" is a bad word in America today but we really need to incentivize them to start hiring and hold them accountable if they don't.

    October 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Stop the Charade

    GOP – where is the Jobs Bill? Where is your jobs bill (cutting taxes so "job creators" can sit back and keep the money and not create jobs, just like in the early 1930's, is not a solution) America is watching.

    October 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. jane

    Since they credit Obama for a bad economy.....will they credit him when it starts to get better....hum

    October 7, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Unemployment will be worse next year when the effects of upcoming, job killing, spending cuts kick in.

    October 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. americaStand

    Regarding the failure of job creation, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi put the blame on majority Republicans for not following up the stimulus plan with a "clear jobs agenda." Does that mean the Democrats had no clear job agenda when they rammed through the stimulus bill? Doesn't this contradict the President when he claimed there were "shovel ready" projects waiting to be funded? About time Pelosi admitted the Democrats had no jobs plan.

    October 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Bill

    I should hope it's "class warfare" ! When the mega-rich, who are largely underwriters of the GOP as well as the Teavangelicals, are NOT carrying their weight regarding taxation and the big oil is getting away with our billions every quarter, and wall street/bank CEO's et al are bonussed in the millions, what is the mystery as to why average folks are upset! Somehow the GOP has been able to frame this issue into semi-religious dichotomy. If you're not against Obama and outspoken on traditional American values, then you're a substandard citizen. No wonder we've got the Occupy Wall Street movement. Mayor Bloomberg essentially foretold this burgeoning public uprising recently!

    October 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Mary

    but, but, but this can't be. Unemployment this high with our 'Dear Leader' in office. Gee, seems to me he promised unemployment wouldn't go over 8% with his stimulus. Well, he did promise a lot of things, but breaking his promises to the American people doesn't seem to upset him in the least because there's always another golf game just around the bend.

    October 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |