US Adds 227,000 Jobs But Construction Loses 13,000

National employment beats February estimates, creating the best 6 months in job growth since 2006

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Employers in the U.S. boosted payrolls more than forecast in February, capping the best six month streak of job growth since 2006. The unemployment rate held at 8.3 percent. The median projection of economists in a Bloomberg News survey called for a 210,000 rise in February employment.

(More on February employment figures . . . )