The US unemployment rate dropped .3% to 7.8% in September, the lowest since January 2009. The number of people unemployed six months or longer fell under 5 million for first time since July 2009. Payroll increased 114,000 jobs. The employment-population ratio increased .4% to 58.7%. The labor force participation rate increased .1% to 63.6%. However, the median and mean durations of unemployed increased by .5 weeks to 18.5 and .6 weeks to 39.8 weeks, respectively.
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–From the BLS and the St. Louis Federal Reserve