U.S. Economy Added 162,000 Jobs in March, Most in 3 Years

by Ben Hoffman

The American economy added 162,000 jobs in March, offering some hope that the labor market, after shedding millions of jobs during the recession, had reached a turning point.

But economists sounded a cautious note, pointing out that a sizable portion of the growth came from the government’s hiring of 48,000 census workers. There were clear signs, however, that the private sector was slowly gaining strength: over all, it added 123,000 jobs last month.

Recent strength has come from sectors like health care, which added another 27,000 jobs in March. In addition, employers added 40,000 temporary jobs, raising hopes that they might soon begin hiring permanently.

Manufacturing, which has been a rare bright spot, added 17,000 jobs in March, continuing an upward trend fueled by a surge in orders and production.

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Government hiring and the stimulus packages have created jobs, but the government needs to do more to bring jobs back to the U.S. The “buy American” provision of the stimulus was defeated by both Democrats and Republicans who are in the pockets of big business, and a lot of our tax dollars went to overseas manufacturing. We need to stop these anti-American activities.

Every other country that had a stimulus program had protectionist provisions in them. It’s time we did what’s right for America. It’s time for stronger tariffs and penalties for companies that ship jobs to China and other places where workers are paid slave wages.

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2 Comments to “U.S. Economy Added 162,000 Jobs in March, Most in 3 Years”

  1. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” It’s time for stronger tariffs and penalties for companies that ship jobs to China and other places where workers are paid slave wages. ”

    Since you say you care about China stealing American jobs, what is your response to reports that Sen. Arlen Spector is saying that President Obama is letting China slide on it’s currency manipulations, to get China’s help on Iran ?

    Isn’t that a sign of American weakness under Obama ? Isn’t that a sell out of American workers by Obama ?

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