WASHINGTON — The U.S. March employment report is exceedingly weak, consistent with a recessionary trend, as payrolls fell another 80,000 and the civilian unemployment rate surged 0.3 points to 5.1%, its highest level since September 2005.

The jump in unemployment reflects a rebound in the labor force from a surprising February drop. Job losers were 54% of unemployed persons in March, according to the household questions.

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