Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET
U.S. employers added 130,000 jobs in August, according to a monthly snapshot from the Labor Department, signaling a slowdown in the pace of job growth.
Forecasters surveyed by the Reuters news service had predicted job gains of around 158,000.
The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%.
The jobs total would have been lower without the addition of 25,000 temporary census jobs. Job gains for the two previous months were revised downward by a total of 20,000.