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US Hiring Slows

The US economy added 236,000 nonfarm jobs in March, down from the upwardly revised 326,000 jobs added in February and near economist expectations of 238,000, according to government data released yesterday. The total job growth was the lowest monthly gain since December 2020.  

 

The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%; economists had predicted the rate to hold at February's level of 3.6%. Average hourly earnings rose 0.3% month-over-month and 4.2% year-over-year. Most of the jobs in March were added in leisure and hospitality (72,000), primarily in restaurants and bars; government (47,000); professional and business services (39,000); and healthcare (34,000). The retail industry lost 15,000 jobs. See all data here.

 

Analysts say the latest labor force data show gradually slowing demand, which may encourage the Federal Reserve to pause its series of rate hikes to cool the economy and bring inflation down closer to its 2% target. The report comes ahead of next week's inflation data as well as the Fed's policy meeting in May, when it is expected to raise interest rates once again. 

Quick Hits
 

Justice Clarence Thomas says he was advised not to disclose gifts.

Recent reports have alleged the Supreme Court justice accepted paid vacations and gifts for two decades without disclosure. Justice Thomas addressed the reports Friday, saying colleagues in the federal judiciary advised "personal hospitality from close personal friends" who didn't have business before the court were not reportable. 

 

At least 51 people killed in gunmen attack in Nigeria.

The gunmen stormed the village of Umogidi in Benue State in central Nigeria. The motive for the attack is unclear, but reports say the region often sees clashes between farmers and herders. Farmers allegedly accuse herders of destroying their crops, while herders accuse the farmers of attacking their animals.

 

James Webb telescope shows new views of Uranus. 

The new image from NASA's James Webb highlights prominent rings around the seventh planet from the sun. Uranus has 13 known rings, 11 of which are represented in the image. NASA also released an image showing greater details of the Cassiopeia A supernova, a remnant of a star that exploded 340 years ago.


S Club 7 singer Paul Cattermole dies at 46.

His death comes about two months after the British pop group announced it was reuniting for a 25th anniversary tour. A cause of death has not been disclosed. S Club 7 was formed in 1998 by a former manager of the Spice Girls and sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The group rebranded to S Club after Cattermole left in 2002 to join a metal band.

 

Three new "Star Wars" movies are coming. 

James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will direct the three upcoming features. Actress Daisy Ridley is set to return as Rey in the film from Obaid-Chinoy, which will take place 15 years after the events in "Rise of Skywalker." 

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Humankind
 

Veteran pilot guides 21-year-old pilot on solo flight through emergency landing when he spots something go wrong. (More)

 

Two friends raise $15M and collect 100 million pounds of food to combat food insecurity. (More

 

Michigan family welcomes first baby daughter born on the father's side of the family in 138 years. (More)

 

Traveling grandmothers return home to Texas after 80-day around-the-world trip. (More

 

London woman creates girls club to tackle isolation and loneliness, with over 20,000 members so far. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Sheila O. in Springfield, Virginia

 

"On a flight from DCA to DFW, it was a turbulent ride, and I was obviously very distressed. The young man sitting next to me didn't say a word, just offered me his arm, and we linked arms and I was able to settle back in my seat. It was such a beautiful act of kindness and I was so appreciative."

 

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Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Americans are working fewer hours than before the pandemic, averaging 36.9 hours per week in November 2022, down from 37.5 hours in January 2020.
> Philippine toy maker creates lifelike pet plushies, costing $65 each, for grieving owners

 

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> Britain's royal clan: Who's who and how much they get paid.

> A brief history of the mug shot.

> How the bunny became a symbol of Easter.

> The extraordinary ways rhythm helps us perceive and connect with the world.

 

Best of the Week: Famous Bigfoot footage stabilized using AI.

 

Historybook: Actress Robin Wright born (1966); Pablo Picasso dies (1973); Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s home run record (1974); Frank Robinson becomes first Black manager of a major league baseball team (1975); Margaret Thatcher dies (2013).

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