"How do you deal with the fact that retail has been so strong? Back to school has been so strong," Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street." "It was a confusing number ... I'm a little stunned."
Then again, the recent closure of some large casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, resulted in large job losses, Cramer said. Uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act might also be preventing some businesses from hiring, he added.
Still, Cramer downplayed the disappointing data, noting the August jobs report tends to later receive an upward revision anyway.
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"You always have to analyze this number. I know we do. But this is the inconsistent month. It's the month I least trust," he said. "I thought it was an aberration and I'm not going to game a whole strategy off of this. It just won't work for me to do that."
—By CNBC's Drew Sandholm.