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Scott County's labor market improved in March, with the number of people employed ticking upward for the first time in five months.

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Graphic shows the national unemployment rate, job gains and the labor participation rate; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

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Construction workers assemble scaffolding during renovations on an office building in downtown Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017. Economist fo…

  • By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in March, yet Friday's jobs report still had much to be encouraged about, including a drop in the unemployment rate to 4.5 percent, the lowest in a decade.

These charts show ups and downs in the job market.


BERLIN (AP) — Germany's jobless rate has dipped to 5.8 percent in March, six months before the country's general election.

The Quad-City unemployment rate fell 1 percent in February as total farm employment increased over the year and fewer people sought work, acco…