Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

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 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.

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); employment in professional and business services (+51,000); health care (+37,000); leisure and hospitality (+46,000); manufacturing (+29,000); and mining (+11,000).

Construction employment was about unchanged in April.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor; www.bls.gov.