WASHINGTON — September employment data were another recession-like report, marking the ninth month of payroll declines with no apparent effects from the bad weather or strikes.
September payrolls printed down 159,000 and August-July jobs revisions totaled just plus-4,000. Hurricanes probably had no effect on the payroll count or unemployment rate, officials said. (Workers would have had to be unemployed for the entire measurement period, and were not). The Boeing Corp. strike also happened too late to be counted — the change in strikers was plus-4,000 for a small add to payrolls.