The jobs increase in September came in at 194,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is significantly less than the 500,000 predicted by a number of economists. The largest number of jobs were in leisure and hospitality with an increase of 74,000 jobs.

Additionally, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8%—a decrease from the August rate of 0.4%.

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From Massachusetts: The Standard-Times reports state officials are in discussions regarding offshore wind production and workforce development with city officials in New Bedford.

From Missouri: Hannibal Courier-Post reports BASF’s 12-mopartnth apprenticeship program will provide opportunities for people to launch manufacturing careers.

From New Hampshire: Keene Sentinel Source reports a licensed nursing assistant training program via the state’s Jobs for America’s Graduates, geared to participants between 16 and 24, is working to expand its reach to Keene, Laconia, and Berlin.

From New York: Bronx Times reports the next 10-week EMT training through Global Medical Response is accepting application with a deadline of December 1.

From Oregon: KGW8 reports microelectronics companies are running radio and TV ads to recruit new hires. Meanwhile, Intel’s expansion in Hillsboro is expected to add hundreds of jobs early next year.

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