The United States economy added a total of 189,000 private nonfarm jobs in March, according to the monthly jobs report by payroll company ADP and Moody's Analytics. Job growth for the month of March was less than that of February's, which was revised up to 214,000 jobs added.
The construction sector added 17,000 jobs in March, which is a decline from February's revised-down count of 28,000 jobs added. Manufacturing lost 1,000 jobs in March, continuing its slowed growth from February and indicating the sector's worst month since January 2014. Professional and business services, which likely includes architects and engineers, saw steady growth with 40,000 jobs added in March, up from February's 34,000 jobs.
“Job growth took a step back in March," Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said in a press release. "Despite the slowdown, underlying job growth remains strong enough to reduce labor market slack.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release its March jobs report on Friday, which provides more specific details about job growth in the construction, architecture, and engineering fields.
Charts: Maggie Goldstone; Source: ADP and Moody's Analytics
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