As Congress races to complete a jobs bill, the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent in February, according to the latest numbers released by the Department of Labor on Friday. The number of jobs lost remained largely unchanged, with 36,000 non-farm positions cut in February. The report said the severe winter weather could have played a role in the stagnant numbers, but noted it is not possible to quantify precisely the net impact of the winter storms on these measures.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.