Jobs, manufacturing reports show weaker economy

April 1, 2015 8:57 PM

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Reports Wednesday portray an economy whose key pillars -- manufacturing, construction and jobs -- weakened recently, reinforcing estimates of sluggish first-quarter growth.

While economists say milder weather and the fading aftereffects of a West Coast ports labor slowdown should spark a rebound in the months ahead, the impact of a strong dollar and reduced energy company investments are likely to linger.

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