September Jobs Report Delayed

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2013)—The U.S. Labor Department says it won’t release a highly anticipated September jobs report on Friday because of the government shutdown.

The announcement Thursday was mostly a formality.

A postponement of the most critical measures of the economy's health was widely expected after the shutdown began.

The report includes the unemployment rate and the net number of jobs employers added to payrolls last month.

The department said no alternative release date has been set.

Economists forecast that the economy added 180,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate stayed at 7.3 percent, according to a survey by FactSet.

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