Graphic: March Jobs Report Shows Slowly Improving Market

Growth of 216,000 jobs in March signals upward trend.

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March’s jobs report offered reason for optimism, with gain of 216,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.8 percent.

 [Read our full story on March’s jobs report.]

Here’s how those numbers play into the employment trend of the last few years:

Jobs Report Graphic March 2011 - Net Job Growth

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March 2011 Jobs Report - Unemployment Rate