StockMarketWire.com - The US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, down from 3.7% in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The market had been expecting the jobless rate to stay steady at 3.7%.

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 136k, below expectations of a 145k increase.

Average hourly earnings edged back 1 cent to $28.09. The market had expected a 0.3% rise.

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