The six-county metro area had a net gain of 1,100 jobs, most of them coming from the tax and hospitality sectors.
There were 500 jobs added in March in hospitality and leisure and another 200 in professional and business services. The state said there was a gain of 400 jobs in manufacturing, and another 200 in construction.
The gains offset slight losses in financial activities and state government.
There were 205,900 people employed in March, which is down from 211,800 in March 2011.