US Gains 288K Jobs; Jobless Rate Falls to 6.3 pct.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Household Survey Data

In April, the unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent, and the 
number of unemployed persons, at 9.8 million, decreased by 733,000. Both 
measures had shown little movement over the prior 4 months. Over the year, the
unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 1.2 
percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively. 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.

The figures are a clear sign that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in March. But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply. People not seeking work aren't counted as unemployed.

Employers also added more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. The job totals for those two months were revised up by a combined 36,000.

Job creation is accelerating: Employers added an average of 238,000 jobs the past three months. That's up from 167,000 in the previous three.


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