The number of unemployed people went up by 1.334 million from a year earlier to 4.544 million in the three months to April, while employment declined by 704 thousand to 27.795 million.
The non-farm sector lost 464 thousand jobs and the farm sector lost 240 thousand. Meantime, the number of people detached from the labour force advanced by 83 thousand to 28.838 million. The labour force participation rate increased to 53.3 from 53 while the employment rate decreased to 46 percent from 47.7 percent.
The non-agricultural jobless rate increased to 16.1 percent in the February-April period from 11.9 percent in the corresponding period of 2018.
Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, jumped to 25.2 percent from 17.7 percent a year earlier.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the jobless rate rose to 13.7 percent in March from 13.6 percent in February.