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Three Talking Points from the September 2013 Jobs Report

Three takeaways from the August 2013 jobs report.The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. No, unfortunately Friends didn’t announce a reunion, but after a government shutdown-induced delay, we finally got our hands on the BLS’ September jobs report this morning.

As you know, we read dozens of news reports and scour the web following each month’s jobs report and break it down to three key talking points for you. So whether you’re taking a break at the office water cooler or conversing with peers in the industry, you’ll have three conversation starters in your pocket.

Here’s today’s big news:

  1. U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs, trailing behind expectations. Many economists predicted that employers would add about 180,000 jobs in September. So they probably just settled for OJ instead of champagne this morning.
  2. The unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008. That’s right, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to 7.2 percent in September, which is the lowest it has been since November 2008. Many online reports claim this IS in fact a piece of good news (you know how skeptical everyone is) because 73,000 people joined the labor force.
  3. Overall, no one’s throwing a party over the employment situation. According to a CNNMoney article, economists called today’s report a “mixed bag,” “underwhelming” and “disappointing.” Similar sentiments are echoed by other online news reports that would seriously give McKayla Maroney a run for her money.

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.
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