The US gains 916,000 new jobs in March and signals a strengthening of the economy

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MARKETWATCH HOME PAGE Restaurants and other businesses hired the most workers in March in seven months, as the US added 916,000 new jobs, signaling that the economy is poised for a period of rapid expansion again. The official unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%. See the full story. US Stock Futures Extend Rise After March Jobs Report; regular trading closed for Good Friday US stock index futures are trading higher on Friday after a stronger-than-expected March jobs report. Cash trading will close due to the Good Friday holiday, while futures will close at 9:15 am ET. See the full story.

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