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US payrolls shrink for first time in 7 years; hurricanes walloped job growth

WASHINGTON - Hurricanes Harvey and Irma walloped the labor market last month, causing the nation to lose jobs for the first time in seven years, the Labor Department said Friday.

Total nonfarm employment declined by a net 33,000 jobs in September compared with an upwardly revised gain of 169,000 the previous month. The Labor Department said 1.5 million workers - the most in 20 years - were not at their jobs during the survey week last month because of bad weather.

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