- The rising cost of health coverage and other benefits;
- Slow economic growth; and
- The level/volume of government regulations.
The nation's private employers added 154,000 jobs in September, slightly below forecasts, but hiring appears solid in most of the swing states that will determine the next president.
More strong data raises the stakes for the Fed's September interest-rate decision. Big businesses led August hiring gains, adding 70,000 workers, while small firms hired 63,000 new employees.