POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Friday's jobs report was good news for American workers and for President Obama.
There was more hiring last month.
Manufacturers, like carmakers, took on more workers, with car sales up.
Three times as many workers got new jobs in health care and business services as well.
227,000 jobs were added in February.
The unemployment rate stayed unchanged 8.3 percent.
Experts say that's because more americans went out to look for jobs.
Optimism is up.
"It gives me confidence there are better days ahead," President Obama said.
Campaigning in Mississippi, Mitt Romney fired back, noting that President Obama had promised unemployment below eight percent during the early days of the financial crisis.
Rick Santorum agreed.
"We want the economy to keep growing but it's not nearly realizing its potential because of this government and all the reasons I lay out," he said.
Newt Gingrich again blamed the Obama energy policy.
"He's a genuine left-winger, so he really wants very expensive gasoline," Gingrich claimed.
Gingrich needs a primary win Tuesday in Mississippi or Alabama.
So does Romney, a New England yankee in the Deep South who expressed a new found love of grits while campaigning Friday.
Santorum, meanwhile, wants Gingrich to drop out, so he can focus all of his attention on Romney.