State and Local Education Job Losses Grew in September, as Overall Gains Slowed

Route Fifty: The state and local government education sector lost about 280,000 jobs in September, while overall Labor Department figures released Friday showed there were signs that the nation’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic was slowing down.

Total non-farm payrolls rose by 661,000 in September and the unemployment rate fell by about a half a percentage point to 7.9%. This improvement was weaker compared to prior months—in June the economy added 4.8 million jobs, in August 1.5 million.

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