Some Good Jobs News

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. economy gained more jobs in March than any other month in the last three years, according to a government report released Friday.

The Labor Department said the economy gained 162,000 jobs in the month, compared to a revised reading of a 14,000 job loss in February. That makes March only the third month of gains since the recession began.

The unemployment rate remained stubbornly high, holding steady at 9.7%, matching economist expectations.

The average hourly work week crept up 0.1 hours in March, an indication that employers are restoring the hours of employees who had their shifts and pay cut during the recession. But there are still 9.1 million people working part-time jobs who want to be working full-time, up more than 250,000 since February.

The average hourly wage slipped 2 cents to $22.47. But the longer average work week lifted the average weekly paycheck by $1.57 to $763.98.

Taken as a whole across the economy, that will put more money into consumers’ pockets and help spur more spending, which in turn should produce more hiring into the future.

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44 Responses to “Some Good Jobs News”


  1. 1 Meaghan Madgett April 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    It is interesting to not that with so many people out of jobs in our society today, the companies are still trying to stir up spending in store. Granted, it is working for some stores set on markets that make a good income, but other stores and increasingly falling. For me I work for Nordstrom and it is struggling across the board. Sales are down, prices are drastically down, and it is really hurting the company as a whole. Therefore it is good that March has become a turn around for the unemployment in our world because it shows the change in our economy, lets just hope it keeps changing.

  2. 2 angel April 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    This is definitely good news. I hope the unemployment rate keeps falling and people working part time get their full time status soon. My relative work for a restaurant in the area and he says that business has gone up. Lets hope this keep getting better

  3. 3 mike April 5, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    This is still just a small gain. I wouldn’t expect to see any major job turnovers for another two years. Unless enough people retire and there is an upsurge in productivity in exports or something to that effect, I don’t know if that many businesses will be willing to extend themselves past their comfort level. It will be a slow process. I think people will be mindful of any extra income they have in order to pay off debts incurred.

  4. 4 Ejidio April 5, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    The statements thatThe average hourly work week crept up 0.1 hours in March and The average hourly wage slipped 2 cents to $22.47. But the longer average work week lifted the average weekly paycheck by $1.57 to $763.98. made me rather curious. the article says this is an indication that of more work hour, this means a longer work week but a decrease in the hourly wage.Correct me if I am wrong when i say that you got to work an extra long week than usual to get a higher pay.To me this is not an improvement since to earn more you get to put in some more hours and the worker gets less shopping time to boost the economy. However, it is good that the economy is shifting for the better.

  5. 5 Christopher Henderson April 5, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    I wish my hourly rate was $22 an hour! If we gained so many jobs in March, but it still didn’t change our unemployment rate, how many jobs must be gained in order to affect the unemployment rate? Or is there still so many jobs being lost that the jobs being gained just isn’t being registered? And only 162,000 in the country? I guess when I read the title the first time I thought it was just California. I guess that makes sense then that 162,000 isn’t changing the unemployment rate. I have noticed lately that in my place of business, our sales have been the best they have been in several months, probably since the end of summer. This winter was really rough for us and it’s nice to see things turning around a bit. I hope that as we get further into the season and into summer they will continue to be good.

  6. 6 Jesus Zavala April 6, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    I think that this is good news for the economy because it shows that new jobs are being created. What surprised me was that the unemployment rate did not reflect the new jobs. That is, that even though new jobs were created the unemployment rate did not lower. I agree with Christopher in the sence that how many jobs need to be created in order to lower unemployment?

  7. 7 kelsea April 6, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Its great to hear that many jobs are becoming filled, but it doestn’t mean the unemployement rate is decreasing. Many people are still having trouble finding jobs and people are continuing to loose thier jobs. Its true that this past winter was a main factor is many jobs being lost and hopefully with the weather getting becoming better more jobs will be replaced. This economy is no where to being back to normal and it will take more than a couple years to repair itself. Lets just hope for the best and cross our figers that people will be able to bounce back into a stable life for themselves.

  8. 8 Amanda Herrera April 6, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Although this article shows a small gain in our economy it is still getting our economy one step closer to improving. Again we have to keep in mind that the recession will not get better over night. That it will take small gains in order to get our economy back up. for me personally it is just nice to see something good in our economy after reading such bad things like how the unemployment rate is still steady. Signs of hope for the future is always satisfying to see.

  9. 9 Azusa Mori April 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    It is a good news and seems like the economy is going in the right direction. Even though unemployment rate is still high, the number of jobs created in march is high and things are becoming more or less better. I hope even more jobs are going to be created and unemployment rate is going to decrease.

  10. 10 Tyler Oga April 7, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    That really shows how bad it still is out in the job market. We went up by 162,000 in March, and still our unemployment barely even moves, staying at 9.7%. There needs to be DRASTIC increases in jobs for anything noticeable to happen to our unemployment, which is very unfortunate. I was surprised to see so many part-time workers looking for full-time jobs. Over 9 million? Wow, that is a LOT of people. Let’s hope that the working days of the baby boom era are close to over, so they can make way for those in desperate desire of their positions.

  11. 11 Ryan Haley April 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    I don’t think the people should get to high hopes just because 1 month shows job gains. I believe this because a lot of jobs can be seasonal I think it would be more important to see the jobs that have increase that are not seasonal, but long time. Obviously to make sure that as a country we make employment opportunities to continue we must take compete control of factors such a temporality work and side jobs.

  12. 12 Lacey Olson April 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Someone mentioned that they hoep the baby boomers are hopefully retiring soon. I’m sure they are saying that too. Probably 10 years ago many of those baby boomers thought that they would be retired by now, and then all of this happened and so many lost so much of their retirement. My mom is 62 and still doing house cleaning for a living. She should be able to retire and relax, instead she’s scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets. She makes pretty good money per hour, about $40, but then pretty much half of that she has to pay back in self-employment tax. And since she is so honest, she claims every penny she makes and now owes $10k in taxes this year, which she doesn’t have. Just makes me sad I can’t help her out just yet. Gotta keep on with the schooling so I don’t end up there one day myself.

  13. 13 ScottBilleci April 23, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Agreed, one month of high job placement can easily be offset by a few months of lower numbers. However, any increasing it good for the person its employing. Job security is (I believe) in tied to a positive correlation of living a structured living.

  14. 14 Angelina Hlavaty April 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    This is good news. But it is not a huge imapct. Whoopy, in a few months wages have increased by a few cents and few more job offerings. Still, many are still finding is difficult to find jobs, and many are finding it difficult to work full time. We need more jobs, we are the ones who will be effected in the future, and we need the job experience to handle such situations, thus give us some jobs! Especially in California, its said what we are 4th with the highest tax rates, we need full time jobs just to survive in this over priced state.

  15. 15 David Colin Sorenson April 30, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    There have been so many ups and downs with the job market in this recession that it’s hard to say, “is this going to turn around now.” Although it is good news, what can we do to keep it increasing? It’s not time to celebrate but to look on what made this happen and repeat it again.

  16. 16 kathryn koller April 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    I think the main reason so there was such a large job increase was because of the census…so that kind of doesn’t count because that is a temp job. but it is a positive note. i totally agree with angelina. we need to continue creating jobs especially for those of us who are getting out of college. Experience is vital for success in the job world and we are just not getting it.

  17. 17 Karla Martinez May 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    It is good to hear that some improvement is taking place, although I doubth that these good news are enough to foster spending, since the raise in income is not very significant. I think it will take time for people to let their guards down and start spending their money as freely as the times before the recession began. It will also take a bigger increase in income in order for an increase in spending to make a significant impact on the overall economy.

  18. 18 Evan Schlinkert May 2, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I agree with David Sorenson, there have been so many ups and downs when we look at the job market. The fact that these numbers look so great for the month of March really means nothing to me because this one month can be offset like others have said by two or three bad months. The improvement that we are seeing really isn’t that great to me because in the end what will the coming months shoe, a greater downturn then march, probably…

  19. 19 Amanda Chow May 2, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    This information is great news for the economy. The recession has had its faults, and some months are harder than others for employers and employees. I still do not understand how a 2 cent increase will “help spur more spending” according to the article. I see how the increase has a positive output in our economy though. This should be just the start of increasing the salary and hourly wages. I hope to see in the future more part-time workers be employed as full-time employees so that there will be a more substantial increase for the economy.

  20. 20 Tiffany Hagewood May 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Yay, some positive headlines for a change! I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with Evan and David on this one. I know as a matter of fact that the month of April has been pretty high in terms of business in the restaurant industry. I would even assume busier than last April. That means that people are out spending money and stimulating our local economy. Downtown last year resembled a ghost town with the majority of businesses on First street empty and barely anyone walking around. Walk down there today and you’ll see a lot more activity. Sure there are still lots of shops with sale signs and for lease postings but then again I think that is just due to the lack of business over the past year. I think we should all look at the positive side of these things. When the headlines are positive and show signs of a drop in unemployment and an increase in new jobs, American’s with the ability to spend are more likely to go out and spend. When you’re bombarded with bad news and down right scared of what the future holds, you’re not going to be as likely to go out and spend money. Sure there are many American’s still out there looking for work and struggling to get by, but I believe the worst has passed, at least for this cycle.

  21. 21 Hyo Kim May 3, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Although it is better news than few other last months,
    but, 9.7% is still high enough that the U.S. haven’t
    succefully cleared it’s recession. No matter how GDP goes up, and inflation rates goes down, with such a high unemployment rate like that, I think they country is not in stable position, and could go bad in any possible moment.
    To gain output money in the economy, maybe the lowering unemployment rate will be the first assignment.

  22. 22 Anna Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    This is great to hear and I have seen this from a personal perspective. My current employer has an increasing list of roles that are currently open to external applicants. Although times continue to be rough economically, the pace is slowly increasing and we will hopefully see a great improvement within a year or so.

  23. 23 Jessica Opperman May 3, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    I am glad to hear that the number of jobs are increasing. I have been out of a job and having a very hard time find one. Hopefully the jobs stay increasing and the economy comes back. More jobs means more money for people which help a lot of us out who are struggling with the ecomony the way it is. They want us to spend but won’t help get us the money we need to just survive.

  24. 24 Nicole Hernandez May 3, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    I’m glad to hear that the economy gained more jobs. A lot of people are without jobs right now, and I can only imagine how hard it is. Hopefully this is the point were things turn around and just keep on getting better.

  25. 25 Charles McNeil May 4, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Okay, good news. But also confusing news. We must be the only economy in the world that can increase jobs by 162,000 while maintaining our 9.7% unemployment rate. Does not compute.

  26. 26 Melissa Moylan May 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Although the rate is still high, it is good to hear that conditions have improved. Obviously the problem cannot be solved immediately. At least the issue is slowly being resolved and hopefully as the year continues we will see more improvements.

  27. 27 nicholas joy May 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    one would hope that we learn from the recession so that we can avoid this same scenario from happening again.It also shows me how quickly things can go wrong and how long they take to rebuild back up. Like the unemployment rate staying the same and wages growing by a few cents. It shows us how we really need to take care to avoid these cataclysmal mistakes from happening again. cause one persons wrong doing then puts thousands out of work.

  28. 28 Britt Rockseth May 11, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    This is great news, but I feel that it will take some time for people to feel comfortable enough to start spending more of their money on luxuires other than just necessities. All of this economic down turn will take a while for the economy to resume to full operation. It’s nice to hear about improvements, since the last 2-3 years have been so unencouraging for our economy.

  29. 29 Joey V May 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Its great to see that many new jobs are being created, however a lot of people who lost their careers this year won’t go back to work. They will get terrible hours and less money than they originlly got. Now they can be considered discouraged. I used to be a discouraged worker when I applied to every restaurant could find around my school nd got NO replies. However, since I kept trying I now actually have 3 jobs. Not just babysitting or under the table pay, but employed by corporations and other entities. I am proof that if you want a job, you can find one.

  30. 30 Floyd Aranzazu May 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Nice to see some great progress. However, we’re not out of the woods yet. As soon as people have money, they better start spending again. It would be a shame to continue this recession.

  31. 31 Chris Hirst May 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Its great that people are being hired again but lets not jump the gun. We are still a long way from out of this economic downturn and a very long way from being back to where we were. we have reached the bottom of the hill, nows the time for the accent.

  32. 32 Daniel Reddell May 16, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    It’s great to see that we are on the positive again in terms of job availability. It is discerning to see that the unemployment rate has not changed and it is still high! I would like to see an explanation for that considering that there have been more jobs created. “Taken as a whole across the economy, that will put more money into consumers’ pockets and help spur more spending, which in turn should produce more hiring into the future.” Good.

  33. 33 Miles Atkinson May 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Great to hear that the unemployment rate is decreasing. However, once again, this is long process which will take a lot of time and patience. I think it’s hard for us to fall any lower so hopefully the economy will improve from here.

  34. 34 amos mccray-goldsmith May 17, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    its always feels good to hear news about our economic recovery. job creation is always the best for the fact that it is a real and definable amount of recovery, when people get their jobs back or find new ones, it is a turning point point that has effects past just that. these people who got jobs then go out and spend money and it becomes like a snowball rolling down a hill, becoming bigger and bigger as time goes on.

  35. 35 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    It’s good news that the unemployment rate is falling, but it will take a while for everything to catch up. It makes sense that the average wage decreased, companies could not afford to keep as many employees, hence the large unemployment rate, but by paying them less they can keep more and give them more hours. We all knew that we would eventually come out of this recession, but it may take longer then people had anticipated.

  36. 36 Jamie B May 17, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    More jobs in the economy is always a positive. Job security has been an issue in our economy since the recession. America’s work force took a massive hit as company’s had to restructure their individual work force. The work force needs unemployment but it is great whenever the unemployment rate goes down.

  37. 37 Luke Napier May 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Hearing that this is only the third month of gains during the recession is a good and bad thing. It is showing that at least people who are in the work force are still making money at lower hourly wages, but are still making more money each pay check. Although this may be a good thing those who are not employed will be facing even more difficulty with lower job numbers as well as more and more people entering unemployment. It wonderful to see that people are making money, but would best to see our unemployment numbers going down for the sake of us all.

  38. 38 Ibrahim Jamil May 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    This is a small step towards the right direction: but its only a small step. it is a good sigh and there is no denying that. The rise in employment rate is positive but its not permanent. I hope this trend continuous. It will be a good moral booster to American citizens.

  39. 39 Kelsey Zeller May 17, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Knowing that the unemployment rate is decresing is hoepful. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and although we will have to wait a lot longer to get whare we need to be we are headed in the right direction. This can only get better.

  40. 40 Colette Whitney May 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    It is very refreshing to see a positive article about our economy. I am used to seeing all negative articles. This article is giving us hope for the future. I like Obama’s quote that said, “What we can see here, at this plant, is that the worst of the storm is over; that brighter days are still ahead. It shows that the worst part is over and it is only going to get better. Its annoying when the republicans complain that the unemployment rate is still very high (I forget the the exact statistic). A drastic change does not happen over night, and Obama walked into such a big mess, and the fact that it is looking up shows that he is doing his job. I am sure that we will see the rates go steadily decrease for unemployment. I hope that one day we will get to the point again where Clinton was in house and our economy was the best its ever been.

  41. 41 Kyle Barraclough May 18, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    I am confused at the fact that if we gained so many jobs in march and the unemployment hasn’t changed of what we have to do to positively affect the unemployment rate in our country. I guess that makes sense then that 162,000 isn’t changing the unemployment rate. I have noticed lately that in my place of business, our sales have been the best they have been in several months, probably since the end of summer. This winter was really rough for us and it’s nice to see things turning around a bit. I hope that as we get further into the season and into summer they will continue to be good.

  42. 42 Justin Castro May 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    It is interesting for me to see that although the economy is in such bad shape and so many jobs have been lost, that companies have not cut down on the advertising and will still go to any extent to earn your purchase of their item. In some cases this is working, but unfortunately for others, it is not. Hopefully the unemployment rate in the U.S will go down again and spending can return to its natural habits.

  43. 43 Blanca Cerda May 19, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    This is really good news! With the unemployment rate falling, it gives hope to those who are searching for a job. Many people have been really frustrated at how difficult it has been to find a job. Hopefully the unemployment rate continues to decline.

  44. 44 Alex Plascencia May 19, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    This is a randomn fact because why would the month of March have the highest employment count in recent years? The stores are still advertising their products because they need the purchasing power we as the people have to offer.


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