Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Steady Hiring Spurs More Job Searches

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Steady Hiring Spurs More Job Searches

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers shrugged off signs of weak growth and extended their long stretch of steady hiring in March, adding 215,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up - to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in February - but mostly for a good reason: More Americans came off the sidelines to look for work, though not all found jobs.

That is the fifth time in the past six months that the proportion of Americans working or looking for work has increased, an encouraging trend after that figure fell to four-decade lows last year. Many Americans, discouraged by a lack of available jobs, had given on their job hunts since the recession, while others stayed home to take care of family members. Many Baby Boomers have also been retiring.

"This is a vote of confidence on the part of workers regarding the health of the U. …

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