Employers added 228,000 jobs last month in a sign the labor market remains healthy despite worker shortages and two months of hurricane-related volatility, but wage growth remained tepid.
The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, was unchanged at 4.1%, the Labor Department said Friday.
Businesses added 221,000 jobs, lifted by hiring in professional and business services, health care and manufacturing. Federal, state and local governments added 7,000.
Average hourly wages rose 5 cents to $26.55, nudging annual gains to 2.5% from 2.4%. Pay increases have been stuck at about 2.5% for more than a year. Economists have expected an acceleration in light of the low unemployment rate that’s making it harder for employers to find workers.
Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.