ABC's Dan Arnall reports:
A government report shows that the nation’s employers increased their payrolls by 216,000 during March, slightly better than the consensus expectations of economists (+185K).
The private sector, factoring out government layoffs, saw 230,000 workers added to payrolls.
The nation’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% to 8.8%. A statistically insignificant move, the lowest level since March 2009.
There were slight upward revisions to the previous two months which has added to the momentum of consistent jobs growth.