The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent from August to September, to 7.2 percent, the BLS said. The partial federal shutdown/lockout sent all of the BLS staff home in the first two weeks of October and delayed release of the results.
The government shutdown may be officially over but its estimated cost of $24 billion to the American taxpayers will continue to rise every day for a long time to come.
Workers, their unions and lawmakers joined hands Oct. 10 outside the Capitol to demand that Republican House Speaker John Boehner allow a vote on legislation to open the government and raise the debt ceiling.
There has been precious little discussion of what the gridlock means to workers and their families outside the Capitol Beltway.
President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve vice chair, to run the Federal Reserve, the most important central bank in the world.
"When all is said and done, the most telling thing that people will remember is that at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1, the Republicans shut down the government."
"Punishing federal workers and taxpayers to prove a point is a temper tantrum worthy of a four-year old, not a policy choice of a responsible political party."