The government's survey of employers showed hiring slowed sharply during August to 96,000, down from 141,000 in July and well below the 125,000 forecast figure.
- The unemployment rate, which is derived from a separate survey of households, fell because the workforce shrank by 368,000 during the month.
- The participation rate, a measure of the people employed compared to the size of the workforce, fell to 63.5 percent in August - the lowest since September 1981 - from 63.7 percent a month earlier.
- A big drag on hiring came from the manufacturing sector, where payrolls dropped by 15,000.
There was something strangely disappointing about Obama's speech: it was rousing but he didn't answer the questions we all want answered.
President Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention.
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