St. Louis area employers added 1,200 jobs in March as the manufacturing and construction industries, along with financial services and health care, continued to lead in hiring.
New seasonally adjusted estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the region's job market stabilizing after a big job gain in January and similarly large loss in February. Metro St. Louis has added 10,700 jobs, a gain of 0.8 percent, since March 2018.
The U.S. job market grew 1.7 percent, more than twice as fast, in the same period.
St. Louis area manufacturers added 4,200 jobs in the last 12 months, while construction and mining firms added 2,000.
Financial services grew by 2,500 jobs and health care by 1,900, but the rest of the service sector was less robust.
Employment shrank by 2,400 in retailing, 500 in education and 400 in leisure and hospitality. The large professional and business services industry, often a bellwether for hiring trends, was flat. Figures for specific industries are not seasonally adjusted.