National numbers reveal slow job growth for March

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LA CROSSE (WEAU) - National employment rates came out today revealing that March was a slow but positive month for jobs.

121 thousand jobs were added last month, about half what was predicted.

Unemployment dropped to 8.2 percent.

But unemployment may be going down for reasons other than the steady increases in jobs.

There are plenty of people still searching for jobs.

“I was laid off Friday last week,” said Job Seeker Ben Miller.

“I’ve been unemployed since November of last year,” said Job Seeker, Linda Munns.

But the national increase has given some people hope.

“The job is out there I’m sure of it. I just have to get out there and I’m sure the job is going to be more than I ever anticipated,” said Job Seeker Phyllis Boardman.

The warm weather led many to believe that March would be a strong month for jobs.
but experts say it fell short of its potential

“We were hoping for 200 thousand jobs, clearly this is half of that,” said Economics Professor Taggert Brooks.

Unemployment may be going down as well, but it’s not entirely because people are finding jobs.

“Unemployment went down from 10 to 8 percent. That’s mostly people just leaving the job search,” said Brooks.

Manufacturing was the area with the greatest increase with 37 thousand jobs. It’s been the leading area for job growth for the past 2 years.

Manufacturing staying strong is a hopeful sign that jobs may be on the increase in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin is more manufacturing based, hopefully it will reflect on the state number that will be coming out shortly,” said Brooks.

But Wisconsin is still behind compared to surrounding states.

“We’re behind Minnesota. Governor Walker promised 250 thousand jobs during his term and he’s 63 thousand jobs behind that pace,” said Brooks.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM
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      by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to
      88 Million..... Try recalculating your math that would translate to an unemployment rate of more than 30% of total available workforce.....
  • by American first on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    B.O's economy stinks to high heaven. Gas was $1.81 when he was elected, unemployment under Bush was UNDER 5%.Yes, Bush ran up the debt too much in my opinion...Obama is running it up on steroids!!!
  • by ahem on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    Well, the job numbers weren't as great as hoped but 120,000 private sector jobs were added which makes it the 25th consecutive month of positive job growth. Under President Obama more private sector jobs were added in three years than in eight year of President Bush. Hmmmmm
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:45 PM in reply to ahem
      how many were added after Walker was voted in? i bet most of them.
  • by jorn Location: ec on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:16 AM
    Somehow the jobs created don't even come near the amount of new workers entering the workforce, and yet the unemployment rate goes down
  • by richardmrozek Location: ca on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM
    When it comes to unemployment it’s been a tale of two recessions, with level of education playing an unprecedented role in whether you’ve been pink slipped or not. Getting a degree from High Speed Universities is the only solution
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      by anon on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:01 AM in reply to richardmrozek
      Where's all the change Obama promised? OH, that's right! There has been a lot of people that lost their jobs! Guess he didn't say what kind of change did he?
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      by maybe on Apr 7, 2012 at 07:08 AM in reply to richardmrozek
      But there are plenty of other jobs out there available but people will just not take them because they have some sort of college education claiming they are to much above being paid lesser than what they think they should be paid.
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