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FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2013, file photo, a job seeker stops at a table offering resume critiques during a job fair held in Atlanta. The Labor Department reports on the weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

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



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.

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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