Employers added just 142,000 jobs in September

October 2, 2015 12:53 PM

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Employment growth slowed for the second straight month in September as employers added 142,000 jobs, possibly weakening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year.

The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, was unchanged at 5.1% as a sharp drop in the number of Americans employed was offset by an even steeper decline in the number working or looking for jobs, the Labor Department said Friday.

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