The U.S. economy created a disappointing 88,000 payroll jobs in March, according to today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was down sharply from the 268,000 gain in February. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, a new low for the recovery, but even that was largely due to a drop in labor force participation.
The bulk of the 88,000 new jobs were created in the private service
sector. Professional and business services provided 51,000 jobs,
followed by 44,000 in educational and health services. Goods producing
industries contributed just 16,000 jobs, mostly in construction.
Manufacturing employment fell slightly. Government employment continued
its long downward trajectory, led by a loss of 14,000 federal jobs.
State government employment gained slightly and local government jobs
barely changed. >>>Read more
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