The United States added less jobs than expected in April to bring the unemployment rate slightly higher, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The United States added less jobs than expected in April to bring the unemployment rate slightly higher
  • Nonfarm payrolls rose by 266,000 in April, weaker than the widely forecasted 1 million. 
  • Gains recorded in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education.
  • Gains were offset by the declines in temporary help services, couriers, and messengers.
  • The number of unemployed persons rose to 9.812 million from 9.710 million in March.
  • The latest figures brought the unemployment rate to 6.1%, slightly higher than March’s 6.0%.
  • Among the unemployed, 2.1 million were on temporary layoff, while 3.5 million were permanent job losers.
  • The labor force participation rate fell 1.6 percentage points to 61.7% in April, while the employment-population rate rose 0.5 percentage points to 57.9%.
  • Persons employed part time for economic reasons fell by 583,000 to 5.2 million, as hours were cut due to slack work or business conditions.