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New information from the BLS shows unemployment down 0.1% from last month

The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed unemployment down to 5.4% for the month of April, further decreasing the number of unemployed adults in the workforce. The labor markets added about 223,000 net new jobs in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The job growth is good news, especially after March’s relatively anemic 85,000 net new jobs, even fewer than the initial estimate of 126,000, making the month the weakest for job creation since 2012.

The percentage of adults in the workforce ticked up in April to 62.8%, still low historically, but higher than in March. Wage growth grew more slowly last month, with the average hourly earnings rising $0.03, as opposed to $0.06 in March.

The construction sector added 45,000 in April, while manufacturers added just 1,000 jobs and the mining industry shed 15,000 as it continues to deal with low oil prices.

Source: BLS

Source: BLS

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