Jobs Report Shows Mixed Results

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Recent numbers show mixed news on the country's struggling job market.

The Labor Department reported, Friday, 162,000 jobs were added in March -- the largest increase since the recession began.

Private employers added 123,000 jobs, the most since May 2007.

"It's just the beginning of a rise in private hiring that will help sustain the recovery," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. "They're not big numbers, but they're welcome numbers."

Those findings, however, are less than economists had initially predicted.

The unemployment rate still remains at 9.7 percent for a third straight month.

"I think the numbers over the next two months are going to be temporarily inflated by the hiring of all people to follow up with the census form," John Ryding of RDQ Economics predicted.

The Census Bureau has started hiring more than one million temporary workers. Those jobs are expected to finish by the summer.

Roughly 15 million Americans still remain without work

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