US hiring likely slowed in September for 3rd straight month

Passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs Sept. 2, in Dedham, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

WASHINGTON — A critical snapshot of the job market and the economy to be released Friday is expected to show a further deceleration in hiring as the nation’s viral caseload creeps higher and as government financial aid has faded.