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The US added thousands of jobs last month, but not as much as hoped.

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The latest job report shows the US added 156,000 jobs, but unemployment is up.

How are we doing?

The unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, a sign that more people are coming back into the job market -- though not all of them found jobs.

Job growth has averaged 178,000 a month so far this year, down from last year's pace of 229,000.

In September, average hourly pay rose 6 cents to $25.79 and is now up 2.6 percent from a year ago. 

The job growth report comes in just 17% below the forecast for 180,000 jobs.

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In this Sept. 30, 2016, photo, United Auto Workers assemble a 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky. On Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, the U.S. government issues the September jobs report. (Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co. via AP)

Recent data suggest that the economy is picking up after a weak start to the year, though growth is unlikely to accelerate very much.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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