According to CNBC, job gains in the education and health services sector easily surpassed those in all other industries in March, while the manufacturing sector posted its first month-over-month decline since July 2017.
The U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs last month, more than the 180,000 increase expected.
Education and health care added 70,000 jobs, while the professional and business services sector, which includes lawyers, accountants and consultants, added 37,000 jobs in March.
However, as CNBC noted, the manufacturing industry lost 6,000 jobs last month versus gaining 13,000 in January and 1,000 in February. The business news site stated that employment in motor vehicles and parts specifically, declined in March by 6,000. By contrast, transportation and warehousing added 7,300 jobs in March.
Employment growth averaged 180,000 per month in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 223,000 per month in 2018.