WASHINGTON -- It's official: The Labor Department will not issue the September jobs report Friday.
In a brief statement, the agency confirmed that because of the partial government shutdown, it would not be releasing on time what is widely viewed as the single most important monthly economic indicator. The jobs report is almost always released on the first Friday of the month, and it includes statistics on unemployment and payroll changes.
There was speculation that the report could be issued as scheduled under a special exception. Data collection was conducted in the second week of September, and officials probably had completed a portion of the report before the government shutdown began Tuesday and hundreds of thousands of so-called non-essential workers were furloughed.
“Due to the lapse in funding, the Employment Situation release which provides data on employment during the month of September … will not be issued as scheduled on Friday," the statement said.