Last month the Bureau of Labor Statistics delivered a Labor Day surprise when its monthly employment situation press release stated the U.S. had only added 142,000 jobs in August. This month the BLS reversed their bombshell announcement; they revised the August jobs numbers from +142,000 to +180,000 and July was revised from +212,000 to +243,000. In other words, their previous estimates for these two months missed their mark by 69,000.
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September. For the month job growth was led by professional and business services, retail trade, and health care.
These increases in wage and salary employment were accompanied by a decline in unemployment to 5.9%. The number of unemployed persons decreased to 9.3 million (That is still a lot of people). Compared to a year ago, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.
In addition, the number of long-term unemployed (LTE) was remained at 3,000,000 people. The LTE are those jobless for 27 weeks or more and they account for 31.9% of the unemployed.
The outlook remains positive for the U.S. and Colorado through the end of the year.