By Jonathan Easley - 03/09/12 07:38 PM EST
The economy added 227,000 jobs in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released on Friday. The number exceeded expectations and was the third straight month of job gains to come in at above 200,000, although the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent.
Employment in the manufacturing sector increased by 31,000 in February, the third straight month of job growth for the sector.
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