U.S. unemployment dips below 8 percent for first time since 2009 - Article Photos 1/3

A worker levels dirt for a light rail bridge construction project over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Friday. The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, a decline of 0.3 percentage point and the lowest since January 2009. The government said the economy created 114,000 jobs, about as expected, and generated 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. AP PHOTO Don Ryan - AP