The number of unemployed went up 330 thousand from a year earlier to 3.75 million in September, and employment rose 266 thousand to 29.06 million. The non-farm sector added 531 thousand jobs, namely in industry and services while the number of construction workers declined, and the farm sector lost 264 thousand jobs. Meanwhile, the number of people detached from the labour force increased 114 thousand to 27.98 million. The participation rate went up to 54 percent in September from 53.6 percent a year ago, and the employment rate edged down to 47.8 percent from 47.9 percent.
The non-agricultural jobless rate went up to 13.5 percent in September from 12.8 percent in the previous year.
Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, rose to 21.6 percent from 20.0 percent in the same month a year ago.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate inched up to 11.3 percent in September from 11.2 percent in August.