Job gains in the education and health services sector easily surpassed those in all other industries in March, while the manufacturing sector posted its first month-over-month decline since July 2017.
CNBC studied the net changes by industry for March jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The government said the U.S. economy added 196,000 jobs last month, more than the 180,000 increase expected by economists polled by Refinitiv.
Education and health care alone added 70,000 jobs, with strong hiring in ambulatory care, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. The professional and business services sector, which includes lawyers, accountants and consultants, added to a consistent hot streak with a gain of 37,000 in March.