Don't get me wrong, job growth is always preferable to job loss, so I like that 162,000 new positions were created--the largest number in three years. But that darned 9.7% unemployment rate isn't going to budge until we start putting up 200K + jobs a month. Given that last month there were 48,000 Census workers hired, we may need to wait a while for the full-time numbers to rise to those levels.
There was also some sobering news tucked away in the report: the number of long-term unemployed (those who are jobless for 27 weeks and over) increased last month. In March, 44.1% of unemployed have been jobless for 27 weeks or more--ouch.
Still, with more than 8 million jobs lost during the Great Recession, it looks like we are finally turning a corner. Here are the sectors that are likely to see the strongest job growth: