September Hiring Fizzles, Wages Flatline (Bankrate)

Even before release of the jobs report, there was reason to be concerned about the nation's manufacturing sector. Earlier, the Institute for Supply Management indicated that manufacturing activity is precariously close to contraction. The Labor Department said manufacturing lost 9,000 jobs in September on top of an 18,000 decline in August.

Chad Moutray, chief economist with the National Association of Manufacturers, calls the numbers "disappointing."

"(They) show just how sluggish growth has become in the manufacturing sector over the past few months," Moutray says. Among the causes he cites are the strong dollar, gridlock in Washington and lower crude oil prices.

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