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Graphics: Tracking U.S. Monthly Unemployment

U.S. employers added 114,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department reports. And the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent, marking the first time since President Obama took the oath of office in January 2009 that the U.S. jobless rate is under 8 percent.

Monthly Change In Payrolls

Change in nonfarm payroll employment, in thousands

Graph showing the monthly change in U.S. payrolls

Unemployment Rate

Percent of U.S. workers age 16 and older

Graph showing the U.S. unemployment rate