U.S. Added Nearly 300,000 Jobs In April

The U.S. economy added 290,000 jobs in April, by far the biggest positive jump in employment in years. Not as much of this jump came from government hiring as analysts had predicted–the feds (and state, and local) only added 59,000 jobs out of the 290,000.

However, because of re-entrants to the labor force–as in, people deciding that the economy was picking up and they’d better go out and start looking for a job–the unemployment rate actually rose to 9.9 percent from 9.7 percent, which is what this chart depicts.

Sectors showing strong job gains were manufacturing, health care, and temp services.

Meanwhile, the number of long-term unemployed–those jobless for 27 weeks or more, hit 6.7 million. Nearly half (45.9 percent) of all unemployed people have been jobless for 27 weeks or more, the highest percentage since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking that indicator in 1948.