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The government says businesses added 96,000 jobs to payrolls last month, while the unemployment rate held steady at five-point-four percent.

It is the final unemployment report to be released before the election.

The jobs growth reported is weaker than expected and the payrolls number for August was adjusted down by 16,000, while July was revised up by 12,000 jobs.

Some 18,000 jobs were lost in manufacturing, while the government added some 37,000.

Upon release of the report, stock futures edged lower, indicating investors were disappointed by the numbers.