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Posted April 05, 2013 by

Only 88,000 New Jobs Added in March; Economists Predicted 200,000

Bureau of Labor StatisticsA cynic might say that the news out of Washington, D.C. is rarely good but today that cynic would be correct. The U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly employment report today and the news was quite disappointing. The U.S. economy added only 88,000, nonfarm jobs in March. Economists had predicted an increase of 200,000. The biggest loser? Retail. In related news, fewer people started looking for work during the month so the number of unemployed people hardly moved (now 11.7 million) and the unemployment rate fell but only slightly from 7.7 to 7.6 percent.

Household Survey Data

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (6.9 percent), adult women (7.0 percent), teenagers (24.2 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks (13.3 percent), and Hispanics (9.2 percent) showed little or no change in March. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. (more…)