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