WASHINGTON -- An employment report for September that fit neatly with market expectations points to continuing moderate growth with subdued inflationary pressures, analysts said Friday.

The Labor Department said nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 156,000 last month, rebounding after a revised drop of 41,000 in August as retail and other service-sector businesses stepped up hiring. A separate household survey shows that the civilian unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7%.

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