The nation's unemployment rate ticked down from 7.3 to 7.2 percent in the month of September.
That’s according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, which was delayed by the federal government shutdown.
Despite the downward trend in the unemployment rate, 148,000 jobs were added last month.
That number is below the 180,000 jobs many economists expected.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the fiscal fights in Washington contributed to the sluggish job growth.
"The unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since 2008, but it’s not enough. We need to pick up the pace of our job growth. And the sequester and the uncertainty that surrounded the shutdown, those are no way to create jobs. Those are undeniable drags on economic growth," Perez said.
Perez says there are some signs of progress, particularly in new construction and manufacturing jobs.
The most recent state numbers put the unemployment rate for New York at 7.6 percent.