US non-farm payroll employment rose by 661,000 jobs in September after spiking by an upwardly revised 1.489 million jobs in August, according to a closely watched report released by the Labor Department on Friday. The weaker than expected growth was partly due to a sharp pullback in government employment, which tumbled by 216,000 jobs in September after soaring by 467,000 jobs in August. The steep drop in government jobs was mainly in state and local government education, although the number of temporary census workers also declined. The report said the unemployment rate slid to 7.9 percent in September from 8.4 percent in August.
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