So far, job growth has been surprisingly strong this year despite the hurdles, averaging about 200,000 a month, up from 182,000 in 2017. "There are plenty of new, high paying jobs available in our great and very vibrant economy", Trump said in a September 20 tweet.
In a separate report on Thursday, the Commerce Department said new orders for USA -made goods recorded their biggest increase in almost a year in August, but signs of weakness in business spending on equipment suggested manufacturing could be slowing.
But he said the very low unemployment rate also reflected an increase in the number not looking for work, who were not classified as unemployed. Almost 300,000 workers told the BLS that bad weather kept them away from their jobs, most likely in industries like hospitality in which they're paid only if they show up. They added 87,000 jobs to the two months combined, most of those in August, which went from 201,000 jobs added to 270,000.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labour market strength, which should continue to underpin economic growth.
"The acceleration in job gains this year is extraordinary in an environment where firms are having great difficulty finding qualified candidates", said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities.More news: Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul
Manufacturing payrolls likely rebounded in September after declining in August for the first time in 13 months amid a drop in employment at motor vehicle assembly plants. Many of those jobs are likely to bounce back in the coming months. With September's increase below the 0.5 percent gain notched during the same period last year, that lowered the annual increase in wages to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent in August, which was the biggest rise in more than nine years.
The unemployment rate leaves out workers who haven't sought a job in the past four weeks. Bond yields rise when prices fall, and they spiked Wednesday to their highest level in over seven years after a strong private-payroll report from ADP and bullish comments from the Federal Reserve's chairman, Jerome Powell.
Economists have forecast that the government will report that employers added a solid 184,000 jobs, according to the data provider FactSet, and that unemployment dipped from 3.9 percent to 3.8 percent, matching an 18-year low.
The economy does show some weak spots.