The unemployment rate declined to 4.5% in March, and total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 98,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services and in mining, while retail trade lost jobs. Household Survey Data The unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage point to 4.5% in March, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 326,000 to 7.2 million. Both measures were down over the year.
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Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
U.S. homebuilding fell in January as the construction of multi-family housing projects dropped, but upward revisions to the prior month's data and a jump in permits to a one-year high suggested the housing recovery remained on track.