By Ben Dickey First-quarter GDP growth seems to be following a familiar trend. The economy is having a hard time generating any momentum. The weather, the strong dollar, the West Coast port strike and estimates of slower world growth have all contributed to this disappointing performance. March's employment number came in at a paltry 126,000 hires. The Labor Department also reduced the hires initial estimate for January and February. The closely watched reports of manufacturing output and capital spending also showed declines as well.