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Payrolls May Show Job Market Improving: U.S. Economy Preview

Employment probably picked up in March and factory assembly lines kept humming, showing that the jump in fuel costs has yet to hamper the U.S. expansion, economists said before reports this week.

Payrolls increased by 195,000 workers this month, the most since May, after a 192,000 advance in February, according to the median forecast of 62 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News ahead of Labor Department data on April 1. A survey of purchasing managers the same day may show that manufacturing grew at close to the fastest pace in seven years.