The number of unemployed went down to 3.210 million from 3.642 million; employment rose to 28.499 million from 27.489 million; and those detached from the labour force went up to 28.755 million from 28.504 million. The participation rate increased to 52.4 percent from 52.2 percent and the employment rate to 47.1 percent from 46.1 percent.
The non-farm sector added 1.380 million jobs, namely in industry and services while the farm sector lost 27 thousand jobs. 7.3 percent of employed persons worked in construction, 17.7 percent in agriculture, 19.7 percent in industry and 55.3 percent in services.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, slightly higher than 9.9 percent in February.