National Unemployment Rate Drops

WASHINGTON — The new jobs report was released Friday morning, and  the national unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent  last month, its lowest level since January 2009.

America’s job market added 114,000 jobs in September. Additionally, 86,000 more Americans found jobs in July and August than had been previously reported.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Stolis says the largest group of new hires was the younger working force. “The significant drop in the jobless rate was driven by people going back to work, not leaving the labor force. We saw unemployment drop for every group across the board last month. The fastest-growing group of new hires was young people ages 20 to 24 — a very encouraging sign for our country’s future,” said Stolis.

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