Stocks are barely changed at midday after a small pickup in hiring last month failed to bring down the unemployment rate.
The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 103,000 jobs last month, about double what economists had expected. It was not enough to keep up with population growth or reduce the 9.1-percent unemployment rate.
Economists said the report soothed short-term fears that the U.S. could be entering another recession. However it offered few signs that strong growth will return soon.
The Dow Jones industrial average edged up, while broader market indexes lost ground.
The Dow is up 39 points, or 0.4 percent, at 11,162 just before midday. The S&P 500 is down 2, or 0.2 percent, at 1,163. The Nasdaq is down 20, or 0.8 percent, at 2,487.