The number of people that have given up looking for jobs, so-called discouraged workers, declined 149,000 from the same month a year ago. Hiring in the first two months of 2018 is outpacing 2017's average monthly growth of 182,000. The initial wage growth figure from January was revised down a notch, too.
The unemployment rate stayed at 4.1%, the lowest in 17 years.
The department said African-American unemployment fell to 6.9 percent, after rising to 7.7 percent in January.
If firms convert part-time workers to full-time workers or draw in more discouraged people not now looking for work, that broad measure of labor slack might fall further without pushing down conventional measures of unemployment. Unemployment among Caucasians dropped to 3.5 percent. That's because when fewer people are hunting for work, companies eager to fill positions must offer more money to poach already employed folks - forcing their current employers to counter by raising wages. Not to mention that amidst that whirl of job creation, some 800,000 people chose to get off the sidelines and join the labor force - the biggest reentry move in more than a decade.
Baker noted that the rise in the participation rate was focused among prime age men from 25 to 54 years old, a group whose lagging labour force participation has been a major concern among social scientists, economists and politicians.
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Wall Street has been particularly focused on wage growth as an indicator of which story is more compelling - and more to the point, which story the Fed chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues at the Fed will find more persuasive. But the recovery in wages, which sparked a sell-off on global stock markets, stalled again last month.
"The gain in average hourly earnings of 2.6% over the past year is less-than-stellar for workers, but also helps to calm inflation fears", Hamrick said.
"The February jobs report was as good as it gets", Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae, said. The average workweek for all private employees increased to 34.5 hours, from 34.4 hours. According to the agency, the areas of construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities and mining all saw employment increases.
Jobs grew 175,000 in December, 239,000 in January and 313,000 in February demonstrating a healthy and growing economy.
Over the year, the state rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point.