The U.S. economy added a modest 136,000 jobs in September, sending the unemployment rate to a nearly 50-year low, a mixed bag that some economists said was more evidence that the country could be headed for a slowdown.

The pace is well below average monthly growth last year, though the unemployment rate of 3.5 percent was the country’s lowest since 1969. Consumer spending continues to help pace the economy, even as business investment has pulled back.

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