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Hello job growth? Trend expected to return

Forecasting jobs report reaction

Companies in everything from food service to metal fabrication are expected to have added slightly more workers in April than March, and economists now expect the pace of job growth to resume its pre-polar vortex trend.

Economists expect to see 210,000 non-farm payrolls added in April, and an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, according to Thomson Reuters. The report, expected at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday, compares with 192,000 in March and a rate of 6.7 percent.

"I actually think the risks are for a bigger number," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Weather, including the extremely frigid air that descended on North America from the so-called polar vortex, derailed job growth in December, January and February from its roughly 200,000 pace. "We're back on the high-speed rail line again."