April 2014

Unemployment rate rises to 9.9 percent

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The U.S. unemployment rate increased to 9.9 percent in April and employers added 290,000 jobs, which is the most since March 2006, according to The Washington Post.

The added jobs are attributed in part to the 66,000 temporary government workers hired to conduct the census. However, private employers boosted jobs by adding 231,000 positions.

The unemployment rate increase mainly is attributed to 805,000 job seekers resuming their job search.

Additionally, employment was stronger in the previous months than first reported. Payrolls in March grew by 230,000 jobs instead of the 162,000 first reported, and payrolls in February grew by 39,000 jobs instead of the 14,000 lost jobs reported.

Job gains were widespread in April, with the service sector increasing by 166,000; government sector increasing by 59,000; manufacturing sector increasing by 44,000; temporary jobs increasing by 26,200; and construction sector increasing by 14,000.

A total of 15.3 million people were out of work in April.


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