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U.S. added 288,000 last month as unemployment dips to 6.3 percent

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New data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates roughly 288,000 new jobs were added in April as unemployment fell by 0.4 percent from 6.7 percent in March to 6.3 percent.

The new unemployment rate is the lowest recorded since September 2008, but also takes into account that the civilian labor force declined by 806,000 people last month.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez was quick to point out in a statement that the bulk of the jobs added, some 273,000 last month, came from the private-sector. In a little over four years, 9.2 million new private-sector jobs have been created, Perez noted.

“I’m encouraged by this report, but we can’t let one month of strong numbers diminish our sense of urgency or distract us from helping people who are still hurting,” Perez said. “I meet too many working families who are barely getting by, let alone getting ahead. Their hard work and responsibility aren’t being rewarded with the opportunity they desire.”

In March, 192,00 new jobs were added while the national unemployment rate remained fixed at 6.7 percent.

Friday’s report offers a contrast to the most recent state jobs report for March, which indicated that New Jersey lost 1,300 jobs as the state unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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