The unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent. It's the latest sign that the US economy is steering clear of a new recession. Still, pitfalls linger.
The Dow fell 25 points to close at 12020 after soaring nearly 500 points on Wednesday.
The Dow rose 131 points to close at 10939 as officials made moves to support Europe's struggling banks
The latest setback in Greece's financial crisis sent bumped the Standard and Poor's 500 index 32 points to 1099, its lowest level of the year. The Dow fell 258 points to 10655.
Stock market woes continue as Greece admits it won't meet deficit targets. European stocks fall, along with US stock market futures.
The Dow fell 110.96 points to 11,139.30 in its worst start to September since 2002
With the unemployment rate holding flat at 9.1 percent, the new report did little to ease debate over whether the nation could be dipping back into recession.