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MUNCIE, Ind. — The latest jobs report says the United States created 136,000 new jobs in September. 

Michael Hicks, an economics professor at Ball State University, says that’s down from the last couple months, and compared to last year at this time. 

However, it’s more than he thought would happen for the month of September.

“Given the big UAW/GM strike, and the fact that we’ve faced a slowdown over the past several months, it’s better than I expected,” Hicks said.

Hicks says the healthcare industry continues to do well with jobs, along with service sector jobs. 

However, manufacturing — especially in Indiana — continues to see employment drop. Hicks says the GM strike, and the trade war, can be blamed.

“The Midwest is in a manufacturing recession that hasn’t spilled over to the rest of the country,” Hicks said. “Indiana is the most manufacturing intensive state in the union, so people aren’t buying RVs, automobiles, washers and dryers, and electronic equipment, that really hurts us.”

Hicks also mentioned the jobless rate is down to 3.5{fdbcabf771828492f9ea8159017cf64899a634f8417cacba890e13c34db45301} — the lowest mark in 50 years. 

“What that means is if you’re looking for a job right now, there’s something available somewhere, if you’re not too picky about salary and the conditions of the job.”

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