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US Economy: US jobs growth stumbles, fueling economy fears

American employers shied away from hiring over the past two months and wages fell in September.
What one analyst describes as “a pig of a report” could fuel fears that the Chinese-led economic slowdown is stifling the US recovery.

Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month and August figures were revised sharply lower to show only 136,000 jobs added that month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Economists had expected more than 200,000 new jobs to be created in September.

The figures represent the smallest two-month gain in employment in over a year.

Job growth should have been enough to push the unemployment rate down, but it held steady at 5.1 percent.

Read more: US jobs growth stumbles, fueling economy fears | euronews, economy

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