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.FULL STORY