Hiring in US drops steeply

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Just 126,000 jobs were added in March.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Just 126,000 jobs were added in March.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent.

Economic growth has been hammered this year by harsh winter weather, factory slowdowns and lackluster construction activity. The manufacturing, construction and government sectors each shed workers, while hiring at restaurants plunged from February.

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