US hiring falls 33,000 after hurricanes slam Texas, Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida and forced widespread evacuations. It was the first decline in nearly seven years.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, the lowest level since February 2001.

Looking past the hurricanes’ impact, the job market and economy generally look healthy. Job growth is likely to rebound in...

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