Employment rose by an estimated 56,000 in September. This is the second monthly increase, following weakness in the labour market in the early summer. With September’s employment gain and a drop of 37,000 in unemployment, the unemployment rate declined 0.3 percentage points to 6.8%.
Employment among adult women was little changed in September from August, but was up 132,000 (+2.3%) compared with September 1999. All the gain consisted of full-time jobs.
Employment among adult men was also little changed in September from August. Since September 1999, employment among adult men has risen 138,000 (+2.0%), almost all of it full-time. The number of unemployed adult men decreased by 23,000 in September from August, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.5%.
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