US March nonfarm payrolls report was a blowout! Payrolls climbed 916,000 after the 468,000 (was 379,000) jump in February and the 233,000 (was 166,000) increase in January for net 156,000 in upward revisions. It is the biggest jump since August’s 1.583 million. The unemployment rate fell to 6.0% from 6.2%.
The labour force surged 347,000 following the 50,000 rebound in February. Household employment was up a hefty 609,000 after gaining 208,000 previously. Average hourly earnings dipped -0.1% but following an upwardly revised 0.3% (was 0.2%) jump. The workweek advanced to 34.9 hours from 34.6. The labor force participation rate edged up to 61.5% from 61.4%.
Total private payrolls were up 780,000 versus 558,000 (was 465,000) previously (and compares to the 517,000 ADP gain). The service sector added 597,000 versus February’s 602,000 (was 513,000) pop. The goods sector added 183,000 with construction contributing 110,000. Leisure and hospitality payrolls rose 280,000, and there was a 136,000 rise in government jobs.
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