The Labor Department announced that unemployment remained steady at 9.6% as private employers shed 95,000 jobs in September. While it wasn’t expected that there would be a dramatic decrease in unemployment last month, state and local governments dropped 159,000 jobs (a bad trend many expect to accelerate) which swamped a 64,000 gain in business payrolls. Meanwhile, revised July and August figures showed bigger job losses than previously estimated. The unemployment rate has been higher than 9.5% for 14 straight months, the longest stretch since the 1930s. “The economy is slogging along,” said Jerry Webman, chief economist at OppenheimerFunds. “We have a ways to go before we have an economic expansion that people are going to find satisfying and encouraging.” The 64,000 gain in private sector hiring came from health care and temp positions, “which aren’t ingredients for a robust recovery,” said Doug Roberts, chief investment strategist at ChannelCapitalResearch.com. Private service firms added 86,000 jobs, but goods producers cut 22,000.