The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September, according to a Department of Labor report released Friday—the last one before Election Day. The unemployment ticked up to 5 percent, which economists attributed to more Americans re-entering the job search. Average wages also grew, rising 0.2 percent for the month, adding 2.6 percent to paychecks in the past year. According to revised figures, 167,000 jobs were added in August and 252,000 were added in July.
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