WASHINGTON — After a 2½-week delay, the government on Tuesday will issue the September employment report, providing a snapshot of the job market’s health before the 16-day partial government shutdown.
The report will help answer some questions about the direction the economy was headed. The government was unable to issue most data during the shutdown.
Still, the jobs report is carrying less weight than usual. That’s because it’s likely the shutdown has slowed growth and hiring. And the September figures are certain to be revised two weeks later, when the government reports on October hiring.
Economists forecast that Tuesday’s report will show employers added 180,000 jobs in September, according to FactSet. That would be up from August’s gain of 169,000. The unemployment rate is expected to have stayed at 7.3 percent.