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Data: White House Council of Economic Advisers; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Some industries have more workers now than they did pre-pandemic, including couriers and messengers (naturally) and garden supply stores.

The big picture: Even with March's gain, jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector have the longest road to recovery. The March jobs report was a blowout, with gains across industries — a sign that the labor market recovery is picking up speed.

Go deeper: U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, crushing expectations

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U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, crushing expectations

President Biden at his first Cabinet meeting yesterday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The U.S. economy added a whopping 916,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 6% from 6.2%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The blowout job gains show how vaccines and the economic reopening are juicing the battered labor market. Economists had been expecting an increase of 675,000.

Biden: Infrastructure compromise is "inevitable," but "inaction is not an option"

President Biden addressed Republican opposition to his $2 trillion infrastructure plan on Friday, saying in a speech from the White House: "Compromise is inevitable. Changes to my plan are certain. But inaction is not an option."

Why it matters: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed to fight against Biden's American Jobs Plan "every step of the way," telling reporters this week that the bill "is not going to get support from our side."

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
Apr 1, 2021 - Economy & Business

The staying power of the stay-at-home economy

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The pandemic proved a large swath of the population can produce services and consume goods without leaving their homes — if supported by other workers.

Why it matters: We risk becoming an even more divided society — with Peloton-riding, Amazon Prime-ordering office workers living within a convenient, luxurious stay-at-home economy and essential workers servicing that lifestyle while scraping by themselves.