U.S. private employers added the fewest jobs since January 2014, far below economists' expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed.
U.S. nonfarm productivity fell as harsh winter weather weighed on output, pushing labor-related costs to rise at their quickest pace in a year.
US franchise job gains hit the lowest levels last month since July due in large part to a drop in restaurant employment, according to ADP.
The trade deficit in March was much worse than expected, which probably caused the economy to contract slightly.
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