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March Jobs Report Suggests February's Numbers Were Blip

A solid 196K jobs were added
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2019 7:48 AM CDT
In this March 7, 2019, file photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(Newser) – Hiring rebounded in March as US employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February's scant gain and evidence that many businesses still want to hire despite signs the economy is slowing. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate stayed at 3.8%, near the lowest level in almost 50 years. Wage growth slowed a bit, as average hourly pay increased 3.2% from a year earlier. That is down from February's gain of 3.4%, which was the best in a decade.

The figures suggest that February's meager job growth, which was revised to 33,000 from an initial 20,000, was a temporary blip and that businesses are confident the economy remains on a firm footing, reports the AP. Sounding another positive note, Akane Otani writes for the Wall Street Journal that there's nothing in the report to "suggest that inflation could pick up at a pace that pushes the Federal Reserve to dramatically rethink its signaled rate path. "Still, the US faces several challenges, including cautious consumers, slower growth in business investment, and a US-China trade war that is contributing to slower growth overseas."

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