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Jobs Report: Unemployment falls below 6%

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Job growth bounced back in September after a disappointing August, with the U.S. economy creating 248,000 fresh positions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that the unemployment rate fell to below 6 percent for the first time since since July 2008.  It's now sitting at 5.9 percent.

August's meager 142,000 reading was revised up to 180,000, while the July number came up from 212,000 to 243,000.

The bounce in employment provided good news for the workforce in terms of total jobs, but wages remained stagnant. The average hourly wage actually fell one cent to $24.53, while the average work week edged higher to 34.6 hours.

Friday's report is the last one released before the midterm elections.

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