Public-school teacher jobs haven’t recovered since the Great Depression

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.7% in September from 3.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 1969, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. The economy added 134,000 new jobs, lower than the 168,000 new jobs expected by economists polled by MarketWatch. However, arguably some of the most important jobs in the country have failed to attract people since the Great Recession.

The September jobs report also gives insight into the “teacher employment gap” — the gap between local public education employment and the increase in students — according to a report released Friday by the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive nonprofit think tank.

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