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March job gains smallest since December 2013

This and recent growth slowdown may delay Fed's expected interest rate increase

STAYING HOPEFUL: Job seekers at a job fair in Burbank, Los Angeles, California recently. March's tepid increase in payrolls ended 12 straight months of job gains above 200,000, which had been the longest streak since 1994.


US employers added the fewest number of jobs in more than a year in March, which could heighten concerns over the recent slowdown in economic growth and delay an anticipated interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

Nonfarm payrolls rose 126,000 last month, the