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April 5, 2021

March hiring accelerated, yet many jobs remain lost

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON — America's employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen.

The March increase — the most since August — was nearly double February's gain of 468,000, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate declined from 6.2% to 6%.


 
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