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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Economic agenda: Friday, April 1, 2011

At 8:30 a.m. — The Labor Department releases employment numbers for March. Analysts forecast a net 195,000 jobs were added, about the same as the 192,000 reported the previous month. They are also expecting the jobless rate to hold steady at 8.9 percent, following a precipitous three-month drop.

At 10 a.m. — The Institute for Supply Management’s index of manufacturing activity is released. The index is projected to decline to 61 in March, from 61.4, reflecting continued strong growth, though not quite as strong as earlier in the year.

No set time — Auto sales numbers for March are released.

By Washington Post editors  |  08:23 AM ET, 04/01/2011

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