The department said there were 206,900 people with jobs in the metro area, down from 207,500 in August.
Sectors that cut jobs were retail, manufacturing, construction and hospitality, a combined loss of 1,400 positions.
Sectors that increased employment in September were local government and professional services, a gain of 800.
Comparing Augusta’s employment level with September 2010, it is lower by 1.5 percent, or 3,100 jobs. Most of that is because of declines in retail, 1,800 jobs.