Unemployment rate still at 9.6 percent


The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent as 95,000 jobs were lost in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Government employment declined by 159,000 jobs, reflecting a drop in temporary census jobs and job losses in local government. The private sector gained 64,000 jobs.

The number of unemployed people, 14.8 million, was essentially unchanged in September.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and longer) stood at 6.1 million. In September, 41.7 percent of unemployed people had been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

The number of people employed part time for economic reasons rose by 612,000 during the month, to 9.5 million.

About 2.5 million people were marginally attached to the labor force in September, up from 2.2 million a year earlier. These people were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months.

They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the four weeks preceding the survey.

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