The huge job gain was up from the 468,000 increase in jobs reported for February, which itself was revised up by nearly 100,000 jobs from its initial reading.
The gain was also much better than predicted by economists, who expected a strong but still more modest increase of 647,000 jobs.
Some of the sectors scoring big improvements were among those hurt most badly by the shutdowns associated with the pandemic, including restaurants and bars, which added 176,000 jobs.
Economists said the report suggests that the labor market could finally be on the path to recovery from the job losses suffered from the pandemic, even if it will still take a while to resume pre-Covid employment levels.
“With the vaccination program likely to reach critical mass within the next couple of months and the next round of fiscal stimulus providing a big boost, there is finally real light at the end of the tunnel,” said Paul Ashworth, chief US economist for Capital Economics.
The 6% unemployment rate is the lowest since the start of the pandemic, but it is not quite as strong as it appears. A much lower percentage of the labor force that is without jobs looked for work in the last month — which they need to do to be counted in the unemployment rate.