US Payrolls Rise 244K in April; Unemployment Rate at 9.0%


US nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.

The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 to 9.0 percent over the month but was 0.8 percentage point lower than in November. The labor force also was little changed in April.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.8 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (24.9 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (16.1 percent), and Hispanics (11.8 percent) showed little change in April. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.4 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 244,000 in April, and the private sector added 268,000 jobs. Employment rose in a number of service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining. Since a recent low in February 2010, total payroll employment has grown by 1.8 million. Private sector employment has increased by 2.1 million over the same period.

In April, employment rose in retail trade (+57,000), professional and business services (+51,000), health care(+37,000), leisure and hospitality (+46,000), manufacturing employment (+29,000), mining (+11,000).

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from +194,000 to +235,000, and the change for March was revised from  216,000 to +221,000.


TradingEconomics.com, US Bureau of Labor Statistics
5/7/2011 1:23:40 PM