A key government measure on the nation's jobs situation reported today that the U.S. unemployment rate for April went up to 9 percent. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.
The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 to 9.0 percent over the month but was .8 percentage point lower than in November. The labor force also was little changed in April.
Also today, Washington reacts to the new figures. The head of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Keith Hall presented the final numbers for April at today's Joint Economic Committee hearing. He discussed the recent developments in the labor market and answer questions on national employment trends.
In a White House statement today, Administration economist Austan Goolsbee applauded the new jobs added to the economy in April. He added that despite the rise in the national unemployment rate, the number of new jobs last month is the highest in five years.
The BLS surveys about 140,000 businesses and government agencies in order to provide industry figures on worker's employment, hours and earnings in the United States.