iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks closed lower Friday after September’s job report came in below expectations, showing decent job growth, but a slightly higher unemployment rate.
U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September, the unemployment rate rose to 5.0 percent from 4.9 percent in the prior month.
The Dow slid 28.01 (-0.15 percent) to finish at 18,240.49.
The Nasdaq dropped 14.45 (-0.27 percent) to close at 5,292.40, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,153.74, down 7.03 (-0.33 percent) from its open.
Crude oil lostnearly 2 percent with prices sticking just over $50 a barrel.
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