Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 98,000 in March, a decline from February’s downwardly revised figure of 219,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national unemployment rate moved down to 4.5%. The majority of gains occurred in professional and business services and in mining.
Goods-producing employment rose by 28,000 jobs during the month, as gains in mining led the way by adding 11,000 jobs.
The civilian labor force participation rate was 63.0%, unchanged from February. The number of long-term unemployed, those jobless for 27 weeks or more, was little changed at 1.7 million and accounted for 23.3% of the unemployed. The number of discouraged workers was 460,000, down from a year earlier.
Average hourly earnings increased by 5 cents to $26.14, after a 7-cent increase in February. Over the past year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.7%.
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