US Adds 120,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate 8.2 Percent

The United States economy added 120,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate remained little changed at 8.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today.

The gains were in manufacturing (+37,000), food and drink (+37,000) and health care (+26,000). Temporary help services added no jobs over the month.

The 8.2 percent unemployment rate does not include 7.7 million people working part-time because they couldn’t find a full-time job or 2.4 million “marginally attached” unemployed people, who are not counted as unemployed because, for various reasons, they did not search for a job in March.

The number of long-term unemployed, 5.3 million, didn’t change, and still makes up 42 percent of the unemployed.