The U.S. added 661,000 nonfarm jobs in September, according to the latest information released by the Department of Labor. The unemployment rate dropped half a percentage point to 7.9% as the count of unemployed workers fell 1 million to 12.6 million. The employment situation report, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics October 2, shows an overall decrease in hiring from August, which saw the economy add 1.4 million jobs.

In manufacturing, though, overall hiring improved from last month: the Bureau reported that the manufacturing industry added 66,000 jobs in September—more than twice the 29,000 new jobs added in August and an improvement on 41,000 in July.

Roughly two-thirds of the returning manufacturing jobs were in durable goods, especially in the motor vehicles and parts

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