Job growth slipped in March, offering the first hint of a slower pace in the remarkable U.S. economic expansion.

The Labor Department disclosed Friday that payrolls fell by 36,000 last month. The drop surprised economists, who had expected a gain, although less than the 350,000 average monthly rise for the last five months. The unemployment rate rose slightly, to 4.7% from 4.6%.

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