U.S. job market

A weak open for US stocks as investors consider job numbers

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 225 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,157 in the first few minutes of trading Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index gave up 23 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,927. The Nasdaq composite slipped 52 points, or 1 percent, to 4,682.

The government reported that the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs.