The jobs report released Tuesday shows that while the economy added 288,000 jobs in August, that was mostly in nonfarm jobs, including part-time jobs.
The number of jobs added by employers in the private sector rose by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Monday that the jobless rate fell to 6.8 percent, down from 7.5 percent a week earlier.
The unemployment rate fell from 6.5 to 6 percent.
The report is the latest in a string of monthly reports to track the pace of economic activity and the pace at which people are spending.
A more detailed look at the latest jobs report is at www.bls.gov/jobs and a chart showing the latest weekly jobs data is at bls.com/jobreports.
The unemployment rate in August was the lowest in five years, and the Labor Department reported a gain in the number of jobless claims.
The Labor Department said Friday that it was still too soon to know whether the job gains are sustainable.