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MINNEAPOLIS - There are signs this spring that indicate an improvement in the nation's job market.

According to the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 192,000 jobs were added last month. All of those jobs came entirely from the private sector.

That means non-government employment is back to its peak before the financial crisis. The unemployment rate remained unchained at 6.7 percent.

Drive around the Twin Cities and it's hard not to notice a spike in hiring signs hanging in windows. It's commonplace in local business and popular fast-food chains.

Kristin Traynor manages The Corner Balloon Shoppe in Uptown. She says business has been steady and expects things to pick up this summer.

"I did have to hire somebody because I'm losing one person to college and I do need an additional person to help with the busy season," Traynor said, noting she would need help for deliveries and event setup.

Friday afternoon the phones were ringing at Robert Half International on Nicolette Mall in Minneapolis. Job recruiters at the placement agency have seen a hiring boost in the manufacturing, financial services and retail sectors.

The company's regional vice president, Steve Kenney, said people who are trying to find work in the Twin Cities are finding jobs faster.

"The market for hiring in Minneapolis (and) St. Paul has been good. The numbers didn't change up or down," he said. " We feel confident the market place is good for people looking in specialized areas."

Kenney said unlike years ago, employers have to move quickly. A big plus for job seekers.

"We are seeing that at that two, three, four or five-year level candidates, if they have the right skill set, they can get multiple offers quickly," Kenney said.

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