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Economic Report: Hiring speeds up as U.S. economy adds 196,000 jobs in March

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Employees take a break, but not for long. The U.S. added 196,000 new jobs in March, showing the labor market still has plenty of punch even though the economy has slowed.

The numbers: The U.S. created 196,000 new jobs last month after a swoon in February, an encouraging gain that hints growth in the economy is ready for a revival.

Hiring increased in most major segments of the economy, most notably health care and white-collar firms. The flush of new jobs kept the unemployment rate near a 50-year low of 3.8%, the Labor Department said.

The rebound in hiring might temper unease about the economy after a rocky start in 2019.

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