Following a 17-day U.S. government shutdown of non-essential services, the Labor Department's report, which was originally set for an Oct. 4 release, was the first major economic report to be released since the government went back to work.
The jobs added for the month -- 148,000 -- were less than expected, prompting investors to conclude the U.S. Federal Reserve would have reason to continue with its $85 billion per month asset purchasing program.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil gave up $1.42 cents to $97.80 per barrel. Reformulated blendstock gasoline prices shed 3.43 cents to $2.6195 per gallon. Home heating oil lost 1.36 cents to $2.997 per gallon. Natural gas was off 7 cents to $3.59 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline dropped to $3.344 per gallon from Monday's $3.349, AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.
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