Economy Adds 236K Jobs, Unemployment Edges Down

U.S. employers added a whopping 236,000 jobs in February.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, photo, job seekers fill a room at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla.
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The real concerns to keep an eye on are the specter of high and rising gas prices as well as the lingering impact of the payroll tax hike, both of which hit lower-income families hard. Less disposable income could translate into a pullback in consumer spending, which could hit discount retailers particularly hard, Gault says, ultimately forcing layoffs and other personnel cutbacks.

"High gasoline prices and the end of the payroll tax cuts should make retailers cautious in their hiring due to their consumers not having as much to spend," Gault says.