The September jobs report from the Labor Department on the U.S. employment situation is now out: The unemployment rate remains at 5.1 percent, and the economy added 142,000 jobs in September.
The report is being called “lackluster” and “worrying” for a couple reasons: First, forecasters were hoping for at least 200,000 jobs added. The average number of jobs added per month in the first eight months of 2015 is above 200,000. Secondly, the August job added numbers have been revised down to 136,000 from 173,000; July’s numbers have also been revised down—together with August it means 59,000 fewer jobs than previously reported. In the past three moths, job gains have averaged 167,000 per month.
More coverage on the job report will be posted this morning on The Atlantic’s business section. For a further breakdown of the job report, check out the many charts from our colleagues over at Quartz.