WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 98,000 jobs in March 2017, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The unemployment rate in March fell to 4.5 percent from February's 4.7 percent, the BLS said in its April 7 report.
Professional and business services was the fastest-growing employment sector in March, gaining 56,000 jobs, according to the report.
Health care gained 14,000 jobs, mining 11,000 jobs, financial activities 9,000 jobs, and construction 6,000 jobs, the BLS said. Retail trade lost 30,000 jobs, while manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, leisure and hospitality, and information saw little change during the month, it said.
On April 5, payroll services firm ADP Inc. released very different employment figures.
According to ADP, nonfarm payroll employment grew by 263,000 jobs in March. Small businesses — those with one to 49 employees — had the strongest gains, with 118,000 new jobs, it said.