Economy adds 192,000 jobs in March

McClatchy Washington BureauApril 4, 2014 

  • March by the numbers

    • Professional and business services, up 57,000.
    • Manufacturing, down 1,000.
    • Leisure and hospitality up 29,000.
    • Health care, up 19,400.
    • Construction, up 19,000.
    • Temporary help services, up 28,500.
    • Transportation and warehousing, up 7,900.
    • Retail, up 21,300.
    • Financial services, up 1,000.
    • Government jobs, unchanged.

— Employers added a robust 192,000 jobs in March, the government said Friday, and revisions to earlier months point to an improving economy with underlying strength.

Coming after a couple of soft months, the March numbers were a sigh of relief. March numbers suggest that weather, and not some structural problem, slowed hiring in recent months.

Revisions showed that January and February were stronger than first thought, with a combined additional 37,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate held steady in March at 6.7 percent.

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