U.S. adds jobs amid hike in percentage of unemployed
The U.S. added 244,000 jobs in April, for a total of 768,000 so far this year.
May 6th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

U.S. adds jobs amid hike in percentage of unemployed

The jobs recovery picked up speed in April, as business payrolls swelled and the unemployment rate rose as more people returned to the workforce.

The economy added 244,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. That's up from the 235,000 jobs gained in March. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney were expecting a slight slowdown to a gain of just 185,000 jobs.

Job growth has been strong since the beginning of the year, with 768,000 jobs added since January. And Friday's report also showed that 46,000 more jobs were added in February and March than previously thought.

Post by:
Filed under: Economy • Jobs • U.S.
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. citizen

    This level of unemployment is in the sweet spot for employers. With 6 people waiting to take each open position, business can effectively instruct workers to bend over.
    "There will be no increase in pay" or "If you don't like this job, leave." are constant refrains of the boss and his/her minions. Folks are scared and hungry. The boss knows this. Its why corporations have all time record profits. And CEOS have higher pay then before taxpayer bailout of crooks.
    Make no mistake,
    It is truly pathetic that over 1 million freedom loving citizens would vie for 50,000 MacDonald's jobs.
    Way to go capitalism. You have really motivated people to help others.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    I'm unemployed, but I don't care, I rent my ass, alwqays get good money for it.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Riff*Raff

    I'm confused. If jobs are being added at approx 200k/mo for 4 mo- why is the unemployment rate rising instead of falling?

    May 6, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. nur amabo nur

    These are not the real numbers! We need to create 175,000 jobs per month to compensate for students graduating, or dropping out, mothers returning from maternity leave , soldiers after discharge etc. They don't include people who are not eligible for unemployment such as self employed, those who used up their benefits, people who are under employed (working part time).

    May 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nur amabo nur

    I hear 5.5 million people will loose un employment benefits at the end of this month. But relax the recession has been over for years. I think this administration will go down in history as "the government that cried wolf".

    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WOT

    The last time we had full employment in America it was known as slavery, so will we repeat the later or just have slave wages!!

    May 7, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Allen

    We need more jobs.

    May 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James Cavendish

    Thanks ever so much for your post, it is always enjoyable to find a real writer. I will be sure to hand this on to my affiliates at my site. Thank you

    August 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JobFor5

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

    August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Money Minded

    I rarely post on blogs but it's time for people to start taking control of their income. We are all unknowingly becoming a statistic and it's starting to anger me. This is a great blog post, because it's tough to find people who know what they're talking about online.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. KovinS

    Please go to http://www.eofb.net Great opportunities in Eofb site! Every day you only need to bring approximately an hour to work alongside EOFB. Sure dreams get $ 200 – $ 4000 per day will become your reality. We have over 80,000 and all its affiliate companies around the world we have and will pay you on 1, 8, 15 and even 23 monthly via Paypal, Check, Alertpay, Bank Account hang .... Currently, we are members of working with a regular income level of $ 220 – $ 3000 per day. Members typically have more income than $ 5,000 per day. Our members are very satisfied with EOFB! How do EOFB use? Very simple, you just type the text as brief as specific guidance through every step of the training programs of our enrichment, and then you press the button to complete. So you are done. This procedure will transfer steps, each step you just type the text as brief as a result only. This will increase revenue exponentially fast in your account. After each time, you can go to check your cash account increases seen. Congratulations! EOFB is great, very special for you to explore. You'll become a billionaire when you use EOFB. Why? Because when you use EOFB then you will not need to invest in a web page, you do not need to have a commodity product, you should never have experienced, you do not need to check email every day, you do not need be afraid to go face to face customer contact, you do not have to worry of not selling, you are not scared to do the wrong time; you do not have to worry about traffic jams, traffic jam, the rain, because power must come office; you do not need a degree, you truly studious high school to work; you are not afraid of fraud (because EOFB authentication and payment is through Paypal). Instead of that, you just sit at home, wherever you are, turn on the computer to have internet connection, wifi and work together EOFB. That's enough! Please go to http://www.eofb.net

    September 28, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |