These are the Labor Department statistics that encouraged economists and investors today:
— In September, employers added 103,000 jobs.
— In August, employers added 57,000 jobs; previously the department said no net jobs were created that month.
— July’s job total also was revised upward, to an increase of 127,000 from 85,000.
— After a long, brutal slump, the construction sector added 26,000 jobs.
— The workweek got a little longer.
— Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent after dipping in August.
Not super-duper news, but at this point, I’ll take whatever means we are moving forward.