The U.S. lost 33,000 jobs in September, after adding an average of 172,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months. The unemployment rate dropped 0.2% to 4.2%. A steep employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Employment rose in health care and in transportation and warehousing.
Manufacturing employment declined by 1,000 in September. From a recent employment trough in November 2016 through August of this year, the industry had added an average of 14,000 jobs per month.