The US economy added 1,000 jobs last month, but the jobs lost to hurricanes Harvey and Irma show that there are still many Americans still without work
The US economic growth in September was mostly driven by hiring and the economy added just 1,100 jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s the lowest number since October.
The unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent in September, the lowest level since February of 2017.
The jobs added to September were mostly part-time and part-year positions.
The number of Americans without work increased by 5,300 to an average of 1,826 per month, according a new report from the Center for American Progress.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported the number of part-timers rose to 2.5 million.
The unemployment rate increased by 7,000 to 8.1 percent in October from 7.1 per cent in September.
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have made a massive impact in Texas and Florida, as well as in parts of the Caribbean.
They have displaced thousands of people and left others homeless and in need.
Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing a record number of deaths, displacing thousands of residents and leading to widespread power outages.
This is the second time in a month that Harvey has struck Texas, with record rainfall in some areas.
The storm has also left the state without power, and is expected to linger in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks.
It has become the fourth major hurricane to hit Texas in less than a year, and the third to hit the US since April, according the National Hurricane Center.
The last hurricane to affect Texas was Hurricane Andrew in October of 2013.
With the hurricane season winding down, it will be a good time to look at the economy and look at what the next wave of hurricanes will bring.
The Trump administration has a new director for the Bureau of Statistics, but that will not be confirmed until later this week.
The next hurricane to make landfall in the US is Hurricane Harvey, which is expected this week to bring winds of up to 145 mph (280 km/h) and possibly as much as 125 mph (215 km/ h).