Job creation continues to emerge from a winter freeze after U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, but the nation’s unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.7 percent, according a report Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This growth slightly disappointed the median expectations from economists who hoped for growth of 200,000. Employment rose in March with a boost from professional and business services, in health care, and in mining and logging, according to the bureau.
The professional and business services sector continued to grow, adding 57,000 jobs in March, mainly in the areas of temporary help services, computer systems and architectural services. Health care added 19,000 jobs as home health care services expanded but nursing care facilities shed jobs. Employment in mining and logging increased by 7,000 in March, continuing its average growth of 3,000 jobs per month since March 2013.
Food and drink services added 30,000 jobs in March while construction employment increased by 19,000 jobs, according to the bureau. Employment in government was unchanged in March; employment in federal government has fallen by 85,000 since March 2013
The number of long-term unemployed - those jobless for 27 weeks or more - decreased by approximately 100,000 in March to 3.7 million, accounting for 35.8 percent of the unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed people has dropped by 837,000 since March 2013, in part because of the shrinking labor participation rate. The labor force participation rate rose slightly to 63.2 percent in March, compared with 63 percent in February as more people searched for jobs as winter ended.