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'We've Flattened The Wrong Curve': Economists React To September Jobs Report On Twitter

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 jobs in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 7.9%.

The jobs numbers were released as many Americans were waking up to the news that President Donald Trump and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus, which the president announced on Twitter shortly before 1 a.m. ET Friday. News of the president's diagnosis caused U.S. stock futures to fall before the jobs report was released. 


The jobs report did show the leisure and hospitality sector added 318,000 jobs in September, nearly two-thirds of which occurred in food services and drinking places. Employment in food services and drinking places is up 3.8 million jobs over the last five months but is still down 2.3 million jobs since February. 

Construction employment increased by 26,000 jobs in September. Employment in the industry is still below its February employment level by 394,000 jobs.

Here's how economists and others reacted to the jobs report on Twitter.