The U.S. labor market skilled a gradual slowdown in March as employers added 236,000 staff, however the bump was sufficient to proceed downward strain on the unemployment fee, bringing it down to three.5%.
This follows a 12 months of strong progress after the Federal Reserve aggressively raised rates of interest to fight excessive inflation. All through January and February 2023, roughly 800,000 jobs had been added, with the unemployment fee remaining at historic lows.
These newest figures adopted the pattern set by the JOLT numbers earlier this week, that are launched by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to indicate job openings.
In March, the leisure and hospitality trade noticed the most important job positive factors, including 72,000 new staff. The non permanent assist companies sector adopted carefully behind, contributing 65,000 new staff to the job market. The labor drive participation fee elevated barely from 62.5% to 62.6% in March, whereas the typical weekly hours labored decreased from 34.5 to 34.4.