Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. added 1.4 million jobs last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.4% from 10.2% in July, the government announced on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market is rebounding, but the pace of hiring has dropped off from the fury of job gains seen earlier this summer. The slowdown could be a sign of what's to come: a long, sluggish job market recovery.

By the numbers: The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell by 1.8 percentage points — hitting single digits for the first time since March.

  • Still, the jobless rate is still the worst in years and much higher than the 3.5% seen in February before effects of the coronavirus pandemic hit the labor market.
  • The payroll gains were boosted by the hiring of 238,000 2020 Census workers, but those jobs aren't permanent.

Between the lines: Economists are closely watching the workers who were furloughed or temporarily laid off at the onset of the pandemic — and how many of those job losses are becoming permanent.

  • The number of people on temporary layoff is falling. As of August, 6.2 million were in this category — a decline of 3.1 million. For context, this number skyrocketed to a record 18.1 million in April.
  • But the number of people who said their job loss was permanent rose by 534,000 to 3.4 million — the highest since 2013. This figure has jumped by a cumulative 2.1 million people since February.

The big picture: Congress remains deadlocked over another stimulus package that could support the job market and head off coming layoffs.

The bottom line: The job market is still solidly in the hole, with 11 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic clobbered the economy.

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Updated Sep 18, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

Though health workers represent less than 3% of the population in many countries, they account for around 14% of the coronavirus cases reported to the World Health Organization, WHO announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The WHO called on governments and health care leaders to address threats facing the health and safety of these workers, adding that the pandemic has highlighted how protecting them is needed to ensure a functioning health care system.

Updated 14 mins ago - Politics & Policy

What they're saying: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a "tireless and resolute champion of justice"

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking in February. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading figures paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday night at age 87.

What they're saying: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Biden: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for the law"

Joe Biden said Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "never failed, she was fierce and unflinching in her pursuit of civil and legal right and civil rights of everyone," after learning of her death Friday night.

What he's saying: Ginsburg was "not only a giant in her own profession, but a beloved figure, and my heart goes out to all those who cared for her and cared about her," Biden said in a statement after traveling to Delaware from Minnesota, where he had been campaigning in a suburb of Duluth.