The US labour department says the job market is improving: more than 20,000 people, previously out of work, have been employed last month.
The department reported that job-creation figures in December and January were even stronger than first estimated.
Welcoming the news, President Barack Obama, who is up for re-election this November, said on Friday that the figures showed the economy "getting stronger".
On the surface, the new figures suggest the US economy is starting to bounce back. However, a wider measure of unemployment shows 16.7 per cent of working-age Americans - 23.5 million people - are either unemployed, only working part-time jobs or have given up looking for work.
With jobs so hard to come by, many Americans are having to work for themselves.
|< Prev||Next >|
Other articles in Business
US jury awards Apple $290m in Samsung retrial 22 November 2013
US bank in record $13bn settlement 20 November 2013
Emirates inks huge deal for new airliners 17 November 2013
Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud 16 November 2013
JPMorgan reaches $4.5bn deal with investors 16 November 2013
Obama offers fix to healthcare policy 14 November 2013
Italy alleges Apple hid $1.3bn from taxman 13 November 2013
EU leaders vow to tackle youth unemployment 12 November 2013
China pledges bigger role for free market 12 November 2013
Sudan devalues currency amid economic crisis 11 November 2013
|William A. Cook|
|Timothy V. Gatto|