Expanded by 0.8% in the three months ended Sept. 30 from the previous three-month period.
The sluggish job growth could make the Federal Reserve more likely to unveil a new bond-buying program at its meeting next week.
The conflict in Syria appeared to escalate dramatically on Wednesday after an explosion at the National Security Bureau in Damascus reportedly killed President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, the defence minister and a former defence minister.
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