WASHINGTON, April 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. economy added fewer-than-expected jobs in March, but the unemployment rate stayed at 6.7 percent, indicating that the abrupt cold weather still held back the job market and the overall economy, the Department of Labor said on Friday.
Some 192,000 non-farm jobs were created in March, less than the market forecast of 200,000, but the figure was more than the increase of 175,000 in February. The unemployment rate was unchanged from the previous months.
The labor force participation rate changed little at 63.2 percent. The number of long-term unemployed, or those jobless for 27 weeks or more, was 3.7 million. It changed little from February and accounted for 35.8 percent of the total unemployed.