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U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

The decline in employment, the first in years, comes after 83 months of job growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the data probably show the short-term effect of recent hurricanes.
Tourists walk past a restaurant, closed in preparation for hurricane Irma, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 7. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says a drop in U.S. jobs in September was likely reflecting the impact of hurricanes on workers ? particularly restaurant employees who aren't paid if they aren't on the job. / MICHELE EVE SANDBERG / Getty Images

The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent.

The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but

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