The employment report was weak across the board as the unemployment rate remained at 9.6% as government employment fell -159,000 reflecting both falling temporary Census jobs and loses of some -76,000 local government jobs in both education and noneducation.

Private payroll jobs expanded by 64,000– about the same as over the last few months.

Hours worked only grew 0.1% and the three month compound growth in hours worked slowed to 1.2% versus a recent peak of 3.7% in June.

Even the diffusion rate continued to weaken.

Average hourly earnings were essentially unchanged and with the drop in total employment this means that average weekly earnings actually ticked down.