jobs wanted*(Via theGrio) – The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Still, hiring was strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent in August and nearly a five-year low.

Black unemployment ticked down slightly from 13.0 to 12.9 percent. The African-American teen unemployment rate also fell to 35.1 percent.

The economy has added an average of 143,000 jobs a month from July through September, down from 182,000 from April through June.

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