The economy added 379,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2% from 6.3%, the Labor Department said on Friday.
Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.
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