March 10, 2017: The BLS reported that total nonfarm payroll
employment increased by 235,000 in February, with the largest gains in
construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and
mining. The unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, but was down
from 4.9 percent in February 2016. The number of long-term unemployed
(those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 1.8 million.
The labor force participation rate also showed little change. The full
report is available here.