The figures suggest employers have rehired roughly all the workers they can afford to after laying off more than 22 million.
Usually there are lots of benefits and protections that come with being an employee instead of a gig worker, like being paid the minimum wage.
Two new Trump administration rules would limit the types of jobs H-1B workers can fill and require U.S. companies to pay them higher salaries. Businesses aren't happy.
The jobs created in September obscure the fact that thousands were lost permanently and millions of people have stopped looking for work.
The diffusion index, a measure of the breadth of job gains across industries, jumped for the second month in a row.
More sectors of the economy gained jobs than lost jobs in May, Labor Department data shows.
Another 2.2 million sought aid under a new program for self-employed, contractor and gig workers.
In December, wage gains slowed from earlier in 2019, with average hourly earnings up 2.9% year over year.
The U.S.-China trade war has slowed hiring, and average hourly wages have slipped.