Average hourly earnings were unchanged in September, and the annual growth rate fell 0.3% from the previous month.
The U.S.-China trade war has slowed hiring, and average hourly wages have slipped.
The report tracks how many jobs are created and what the unemployment rate is, among other things.
According to the Labor Department, the employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds hasn't been this high since 2008.
The temporary hiring of 25,000 census workers is part of the jobs number. Without that hiring, the U.S. added 96,000 jobs in August.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report doesn't count jobs down on the farm. We explain why.
The report, while an improvement on February, is no cause for elation.
Hiring rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain.
Strikingly low job growth weighs strongly on the side of the Fed not raising rates in the coming months.
The January jobs report was the fourth report where average hourly earnings topped 3 percent compared to a year earlier. But do four months of solid gains make a difference to wages across the board?