A measure of U.S. job prospects in March declined for the first time in six months, indicating a pause in the recent progress of the labor market. The index now stands at 111.20, down from 111.43 (an upward revision) in February. The March figure is 3.7 percent higher than a year ago.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that applications are being accepted from qualified non-profit and public organizations to provide loans to support rural businesses and community development groups.
The United States economy posted disappointing job growth in March. Employers added only 88,000 jobs in March after adding 268,000 jobs in February, confirming fears of a cooling job market which may continue over the coming months.