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U.S. unemployment rate remains unchanged 3.8 percent in March

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America   The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March

The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday.


In the first quarter of 2019, employment growth in the United States averaged 180,000 per month after upward revisions for the reading of January and February job gains. In 2018, employment growth in the United States averaged 223,000 per month.

Health care, professional and technical services both saw notable job gains, adding 49,000 and 34,000 jobs respectively in March, the bureau said.

For all employees on private nonfarm payrolls, the average workweek rose by 0.1 hour to 34.5 hours in March, as their average hourly earnings rose by 4 cents to 27.7 U.S. dollars.

Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls have increased by 3.2 percent.


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