U.S. job growth is solid in September, adding 156,000 jobs

U.S. job growth is solid in September 2016 -- 156,000 jobs added with wage growth at 2.6%.

U.S. job growth is solid in September 2016 -- 156,000 jobs added with wage growth at 2.6%.

NEW YORK — American job growth kept a steady pace in September.

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs last month, a tick lower than August’s revised job gains, the Labor Department announced Friday.

The unemployment rate rose a tad to 5 percent from 4.9 percent. Sometimes that’s a sign that more people are coming back into the job market.

Pay checks are improving at a faster pace for Americans too. Wages grew 2.6 percent in September compared to a year ago. That’s not stellar wage growth, which is usually above 3 percent. But it’s better than the 2 percent growth — or less — seen for years during the recovery.

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  • Shaun Blasier (@SaltyShaun)

    Pay checks are not improving without raised minimum wages, there are still jobs that offer no full time nor benefits and no, it hasn’t improved, this is holiday season hiring, quite temporary. They should only post jobs that actually will be around after the Holidays. That would be a more accurate number, along with the People that have to get another part time job because the hours they put in now at about 50 per week, not counting travel time between jobs of up to 15 hours per week are just not enough to get off of the system’s medical and food supplements. How degrading.,,and these numbers only reflect those on Unemployment, not the ones that are not and still trying to get a job. smh

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