Unemployment rate holds steady at 17-year low of 4.1%.
Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 170,000 uptick in new nonfarm jobs.
But the USA unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 per cent for the sixth month in a row and as wages rose faster than expected.
US workers are increasingly benefiting as employers struggle to fill millions of open jobs.
Employment gains averaged 202,000 jobs per month in the first quarter, highlighting underlying labour market strength.
The tight labor market is slowly pushing up worker pay.
Job creation since then has been in line with analysts' expectations, with the latest gains driven mostly by the hiring of full-time staff. Other economists had the number closer to 200,000 jobs. The latest numbers won't induce much alarm.
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Job growth slowed sharply in March from the pace of recent months as employers in most sectors took a breather in hiring. It would simply be weather-related - particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. Constructions firms shed 15,000 jobs one month after posting the biggest gain in 11 years.
The proportion of adults in their prime working years - defined as ages 25 to 54 - who are either working or looking for jobs reached the highest level in almost seven years in February, before declining last month.
Friday's jobs report showed continued healthy gains in manufacturing and mining, two industries that Trump has sought to bolster and are also getting a boost from a stronger global economy and recovery in the oil and gas business. Manufacturers stayed on a roll, adding 22,000 workers. Professional firms boosted employment by 33,000. The monthly reading was a huge slip from the 326,000 reported in February.
Analysts say the United States labor market will remain strong, supported by major tax cuts and fiscal spending, despite worries about a trade dispute with China.
The Fed has also embarked on a series of increases in interest rates to ensure the economy does not build up an excessive head of steam that triggers a bout of higher inflation.
"This morning's figures may suggest a little less momentum heading into the second quarter, but taken with other data, the continued expansion in total hours worked points to a modest acceleration in activity this quarter, provided we manage to avoid shooting ourselves in the foot on trade policy", said Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan in NY. That was up from an adjusted 12.61 million in February and 12.4 million in March 2017.
Employment in America is reported as steady and on track according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however there are three things that are concerning the American people: trade wars, flat wages, and unemployment for the Native American population. Treasury yields were little changed.