Employment increased by a healthy 242,000 jobs in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, although only 100 jobs were added in accounting and bookkeeping services.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent, and there were signs of retrenchment in wage growth. The employment gains mainly occurred in health care and social assistance, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and private educational services. Job losses continued in mining.

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