The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent a year ago, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment number also dropped in February, to 7 percent, compared with 7.8 percent a month earlier.
The labor force participation rate, the share of adults ages 18 to 64 who are actively seeking work, also fell to 63.9 from 64.1 in February.
Those numbers are below where they were when President Donald Trump took office.
While the data shows that there were fewer Americans who were actively looking for work, the data also showed that employers added more workers than they lost.
There were 4.9 million job openings in February compared with 4.8 million in January, the Labor Department said.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday that the labor market expanded by 1.4 million jobs in February and 3.3 million in March, but the number of jobs that were created in the first four months of the year is still far below its long-term average of about 2.5 million a month.
At the same time, the number who are unemployed, or discouraged from looking for a job, fell to 6.1 million from 6.4 mn in January.
The number of discouraged workers rose to 1.8 mn from 1.5 mn, according the BLS.
More:The Bureau said Friday it will release quarterly data on the unemployment rate in February on Feb. 9 and March 7.
The bureau’s monthly unemployment report is expected to show the latest monthly jobs numbers, including the number in jobs lost, jobs gained and the number that are actively looking.
On Thursday, Trump called the unemployment numbers “outrageous,” saying that the economy is growing faster than he has expected and that more people are finding work.
The administration’s economic advisory council, which Trump appointed last month, has been meeting for weeks to help him devise a policy to address the crisis.
“We are not getting a real economic recovery.
I have never seen anything like it,” Trump said.