U.S. payrolls rise

By Jon Byington

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Oct. 7 2011 1:22 p.m. MDT

More Americans started working in September than forecast, and figures for the previous two months were revised, helping to ease the concern the economy is heading into another recession, according to Bloomberg.

American employers added 103,000 net jobs in September after adding 57,000 in August, the Labor Department announced Friday, but the unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent.

Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed in August, the most recent month figures are available.

Utah’s August unemployment rate of 7.6 percent is lower than the national rate, but rose slightly from 7.5 percent in July. Utah tied with Wyoming for the second largest over-the-year percentage increase in the U.S. of 3 percent, according to a Labor Department report.

The government will release new regional and state unemployment figures Oct. 21.

Read more about Friday’s Labor Department announcement here.

Jon Byington lives in New York City and is the founder of DosLives.com, a news and entertainment website that reaches the growing number of Latinos in the U.S.

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