U.S. adds jobs, but mining and manufacturing show losses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. increased last month, the mining industry continued to lose ground.

That’s according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment situation report for March, which was released Friday. The report indicates that another 12,000 mining jobs were lost. That brings the total to 185,000 since September of 2014. Around 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost as well.

On the flip side, retail trade, construction, and health care saw growth in March, contributing to the over 215,000 jobs created overall. Unemployment rose only slightly to five percent.

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