pickup in employment for the first full month of the Trump administration but this time most of the credit will have to go to mother nature. The early arrival of warmer temperatures across the country in February, leading to the biggest jumping construction hiring in a decade.
I'm Conlyn Gaines in New York. That's just one component of the better than expected employment report released on Friday. Employers added 235,000 new jobs in the month of February. And in a side of further strength, the hiring for two months before that was even stronger than the Labor Department first announced.
Trump's push to bring back or save factory jobs may be starting to show some early influence, hiring in the manufacturing sector, showing its biggest gain in three and a half years. Other things to cheer about in the report, wages. Workers saw a bump up in their paychecks of $0.71 compared to the same time a year ago and unemployment fell to 4.7%.
The report is seen as giving the Federal Reserve what it needs to go ahead and raise interest rates at its meeting next week, and puts a down payment on Trump's pledge to create 25 million jobs within a decade.