Payrolls in U.S. Probably Increased in March as Demand Picked Up
By Alex Kowalski - Bloomberg. Apr 5, 2013 12:00 AM ET
Employers hired a net 190,000 workers last month after taking on 236,000 in February, according to the median forecast of 87 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The jobless rate held at 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008, the survey indicated. Separate data may show the trade deficit was little changed in February.
“What you see is remarkable stability in job growth,” said John Ryding, chief economist and co-founder of RDQ Economics in New York. “We are in an OK place in terms of the pace at which we’re growing.”
THE REALITY OF THE NUMBERS:
Job Gains Slow as Unemployment Rate Falls to Four-Year Low
By Alex Kowalski - Blomberg, Apr 5, 2013 8:46 AM ET
Payrolls grew by 88,000 workers, the smallest gain in nine months and less than the most-pessimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey, after a revised 268,000 February increase, Labor Department data showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 87 economists called for a 190,000 gain. The jobless rate fell to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent.