Construction workers added to the job surge in February as the economy showed broad-based recovery and pushed down the unemployment rate to its lowest level in four years.
Employment made a surprising jump, adding 236,000 jobs and lowering the unemployment rate 0.2 percentage points to 7.7 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. Almost all sectors of the workforce added jobs last month except the government.
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Job growth in February
Total nonfarm 236,000
Retail trade 23,700
Transportation and warehousing -1,300
Financial activities 7,000
Professional and business services 73,000
Education and health services 24,000
Leisure and hospitality 24,000
Source: Labor Department