The job market may be cooling off, but the pace of hiring is still strong in some parts of the country.
The latest monthly job numbers showed a marked slowdown from the sustained hiring spree that began last year. The government's official tally last week showed that just 126,000 jobs were created in March, a big disappointment amid widespread expectations that employers continued hiring at a monthly pace of more than 200,000.
The jobs report follows other signs showing the economy cooling off. A widely watched manufacturing index posted its slowest growth in March since May 2013. Housing market indicators have also been mixed.
For job seekers, a lot depends on where they're looking. The slowest job gains in March were seen in the South and Midwest, according to a regional jobs report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP. Last week, the company reported a somewhat stronger pace of hiring than the government figures at the national level—a gain of 189,000 jobs overall in March.