WASHINGTON - (AP) - U.S. employers added no net workers last month and the unemployment rate was unchanged, a sign that many were nervous the U.S. economy is at risk of slipping into anotherrecession.
The Labor Department says total payrolls were unchanged inAugust, the weakest report in almost a year. It's the first timesince February 1945 that the government has reported a net jobchange of zero. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent.
A strike by 45,000 Verizon workers lowered the job totals. Thoseworkers are back on the job.
Job gains in June and July were revised lower, to show 57,000fewer jobs added. The downward revisions were all in governmentjobs. The average work week also declined and hourly earnings fellby 3 cents to $23.09.