February Jobs Numbers: +227,000

The unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent after a gain of 227,000 jobs this February, according to the monthly report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning. This marks the third month in a row where the economy gained more than 200,000 jobs, a streak we haven't seen since early 2011.

The best news in the report was a substantial upward revision from December and Janaury's jobs numbers—61,000 more jobs were added during those months than originally thought. The economy isn't adding enough jobs to improve at a rapid pace, but three months of steady growth shows we're heading in the right direction. After the report's release, Craig Dismuke, chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks, told Reuters, "This is a healthy number. It confirms that the labor market is gradually improving. I also liked the revisions. All in all, it's really a positive report."

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