The nation's unemployment rate remained at 5.1 percent in September, and the economy added a worse-than-expected 142,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department.
September's job gains fell short of the 203,000 positions that economists had anticipated.
The jobs added in July and August were also revised by the Labor Department, decreasing by a total of 59,000.
Of the 142,000 positions added in September, men and women gained 82,000 and 60,000 jobs, respectively. That's according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, which found that women's employment growth was strongest in "Government (27,000 jobs gained by women), Professional and Business Services (18,000 jobs gained by women), Educational and Health Services (13,000 jobs gained by women), and Leisure and Hospitality (10,000 jobs gained by women)."
Last month, the labor force participation rate also fell to 62.4 percent. The rate has not been that low since 1977.
Wage growth was also disappointing.
There was a 1-cent decrease in average hourly earnings last month, bringing the figure to $25.09. Wages have increased 2.2 percent from one year ago.
Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, released these comments after September's jobs report was released:
Today's Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report showed the economy added a disappointing 142,000 jobs in September, bringing average monthly job creation to 198,000 in 2015--a rate slower than 2014. Hope for upward revisions to the low August numbers were dashed as well. In fact, July and August's numbers were revised downward by a combined 59,000 fewer jobs. Digging into the report, we see that the civilian labor force participation rate declined, the employment-to-population ratio for prime age workers has continued to stagnate, (sitting at 77.2 percent--where it was when the year started), and wage growth is stuck at 2.2 percent. Taken together, these are signs of a labor market that retains a fair amount of slack and evidence that the Federal Reserve was right not to raise interest rates in September and indeed should not raise them in 2015.