April’s job report saw a gain of 266,000 nonfarm jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report. Employment gains happened in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education. Declines happened in temporary help services and couriers and messengers.
April’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, up slightly from 6.0% in March. The civilian labor force participation was 61.7%, slight up from 61.5% in March.
The report found that average hourly earnings for employees on private, nonfarm payrolls rose by 21 cents to $30.17.