Weekly jobless claims rose last week

The total number of people continuing to receive unemployment insurance fell by 48,000 in the week ended Sept. 11 to 4.48 million.

Those receiving extended benefits -- up to 99 weeks in some states -- who have exhausted their traditional benefits rose by 208,000 to 5.17 million  in the week ended Sept. 4. 

In all, 44 states and territories reported a decline in new jobless claims while nine reported an increase for the week ended Sept. 11 

In August, the private sector added 67,000 jobs but overall employment dropped 54,000 -- and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.6 percent -- as the federal government continued to let go of temporary census workers.