Job Growth Falls Short of Expectations in September; Jobless Rate Unchanged (The Washington Post)

Friday's job report showed that the country shed 10,300 jobs in oil and gas extraction, the largest decline of any sector. It has lost about 100,000 workers over the past year. Manufacturing was also down by 9,000 positions as a stronger dollar has made U.S. exports less competitive.

"For manufacturers, these data reflect the sluggishness of the current activity, as firms struggle to overcome significant headwinds in the broader economy," said Chad Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group.

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