U.S. Companies added 166,000 jobs in September

New York Times: "A survey shows U.S. businesses added 166,000 jobs last month, a sign of only modest improvement in hiring. Payroll company ADP said Wednesday that private employers added just 159,000 jobs in August and 161,000 in July, both slightly lower than the previous estimates."

 

U.S. mortgage applications dip slightly though rates fall

Reuters: "Applications for U.S. home loans dipped slightly in the latest week, as a drop in demand for purchase loans outweighed an increase in refinancing demand. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 0.4 percent in the week ended September 27."

 

Your check is in the mail: Or is it?

CNNMoney: "The U.S. Postal Service has defaulted on a $5.6 billion payment for retiree health benefits that was due on Monday, just as the Postmaster General had warned it would. "We have not made the required $5.6 billion Retiree Health Benefits prefunding payment due Sept. 30, 2013," wrote USPS spokeswomen Patricia Licata in an email to CNNMoney. She added that the default has absolutely nothing to do with the federal government shutdown."