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March '06 Job Scene, National

Today the March employment numbers were released showing a stronger than expected increase of 211,000 and a .1% drop of the unemployment rate to 4.7%.

Winners:

Education/Health care +33,000

Retailers +29,000

Government +24,000

Finance +16,000

Construction +7,000

Losers:

Manufacturers -5,000

Transportation/Warehouse -7,600

I have started to keep track of recent monthly reports.

National job gains:

December ’05, 145,000

January ’06, 154,000 (revised) 170,000 (first reported)

February ’06, 225,000 (revised) 243,000 (first reported) 210,000 (consensus number)

March ’06, 211,000 (first reported) 190,000 (consensus number)

National unemployment rates:

December ’05, 4.9%

January  ’06, 4.7%

February ’06, 4.8%

March ’06, 4.7%

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