But it could take more than a year to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
Employers added 916,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate fell to 6% as vaccination spreads and the economy reopens.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen peg the actual unemployment rate at around 10%, higher than the official 6.3%.
The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April.
No state lets people stay on unemployment benefits for more than 26 weeks.
In parts of the South Bronx, the unemployment rate was estimated to be nearly 30% in August. Nationwide, it's a little less than 8%.
The jobs created in September obscure the fact that thousands were lost permanently and millions of people have stopped looking for work.
America’s employers added 661,000 jobs in September, the third straight month of slower hiring.