The Labor Department says it will not release the September jobs report Friday because the government remains shutdown.
“Due to the lapse in funding” the Bureau of Labor Statistics will not be issuing the report as scheduled, the department said of the delay in a statement Thursday afternoon.
An alternative release date has not been scheduled.
As the shutdown began Tuesday, all but three of the statistical bureau’s 2,400 employees were furloughed.
Without a stage, the highly-anticipated monthly report that gauges the economy could create more problems.
The lack of data could further shake already unstable financial markets that are reacting to the shutdown and looming debt limit.
The Dow Jones dropped below 15,000 on Thursday and lost nearly 137 points.