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.
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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