On the establishment side, health care was the largest contributor to job growth, adding 49,100 jobs.
The annualized growth rate for the last three months (January, February, March) compared with the prior three months (October, November, December) was just under 3.0 percent.
The labor force also shrank as more than 220,000 people stopped looking for work, driving the participation rate down 0.2 percent to 63 percent - a level around which it has stubbornly fluctuated for much of the past two years.
Retail lost 11,700 jobs in March after losing 20,200 jobs in February.
"Today's report suggests that the labor market remains healthy, which should ease recession concerns and curb expectations of a Fed rate cut for the moment", he said. The employment-population ratio was 60.6 percent in March and has been either 60.6 percent or 60.7 percent since October 2018. Construction employment changed little in March, adding 16,000 jobs.
Despite an increase in employment in the prairie province of Saskatchewan as well as New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in Atlantic Canada, it was "little changed" in the other seven provinces, the agency said.
The accuracy of last month's unemployment rate is plus or minus one percentage point, 34 times out of 50. Computer systems design added 12,000 jobs during the month.
A disappointing February gave way to a promising March as the USA exceeded expectations by adding 196,000 jobs last month.
MA added 20,300 jobs from From February 2018 to February 2019. "The six-month trend is still pretty strong". Within the industry, employment in motor vehicles and parts declined in March (down 6,000).
Many experts had expected the surprise job-creation surge at the start of the year to lose momentum. In the first quarter of 2019, the country added about 116,000 new jobs.