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Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal MA added just 200 new jobs last month - far fewer than the more than 11,000 additional jobs the bureau calculates for February.

Among the sectors gaining jobs in March: Professional and business services (up 4,900); leisure and hospitality (up 2,500).

The labor force participation rate for White workers ticked up from 62.9 percent in February to 63 percent in March and the E-POP increased from 60.3 percent to 60.5 percent last month.

The Colorado unemployment rate was unchanged between January and February - at 2.9 percent - after dropping below 3 percent in January during a hiring wave that brought the statistic to its lowest level since 2001. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 2,400 (+0.4%) jobs.

Information sector jobs increased by 200 in March 2017 and has risen by 1,300 jobs or 5.7 percent since March 2016.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, the same as the previous month.

Indiana's labor force remains at more than 3.32 million.

Statewide, 677,700 were employed and 19,100 unemployed in March for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 696,800. Over the year, Construction has added 4,100 (+2.8%) jobs. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 3,100 (-1.3%) jobs.

DWD highlighted the state's gain of 25,100 nonfarm jobs from March 2016 to March 2017, including 22,100 private sector jobs. "This month's rate shows the hard work of several state agencies is paying off", he concluded. Northern Virginia saw a decline of 7,100 job last month, while the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area had a job loss of 3,800.

The Commonwealth's over-the-year employment increased by 1.2 percent and has maintained positive growth for 36 consecutive months, according to the news release.

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