Laborers work at a building site in New York. The US economy pumped out a strong 295,000 net new jobs in February despite some severe weather disruptions and mounting layoffs in the oil industry, the Labor Department reported March 6, 2015. The better-than-expected jobs number sent the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent, from 5.7 percent previously and the lowest level since May 2008. Hiring was strong in restaurants, health care, and administrative services, and steady in construction and retail trade. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Laborers work at a building site in New York. The US economy pumped out a strong 295,000 net new jobs in February despite some severe weather disruptions and mounting layoffs in the oil industry, the Labor Department reported March 6, 2015. The better-than-expected jobs number sent the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent, from 5.7 percent previously and the lowest level since May 2008. Hiring was strong in restaurants, health care, and administrative services, and steady in construction and retail trade. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images
Laborers work at a building site in New York. The US economy pumped out a strong 295,000 net new jobs in February despite some severe weather disruptions and mounting layoffs in the oil industry, the Labor Department reported March 6, 2015. The better-than-expected jobs number sent the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent, from 5.7 percent previously and the lowest level since May 2008. Hiring was strong in restaurants, health care, and administrative services, and steady in construction and retail trade. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5%

March 06, 2015 09:12 AM

UPDATED March 06, 2015 10:49 AM

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