US job growth beats expectations in April as economy adds 253,000 new positions


U.S. job growth continued to chug along at a healthy clip in April as the labor market remained surprisingly resilient even in the face of rising interest rates, declining economic growth and bank turmoil.

Employers added 253,000 jobs in April, the Labor Department said in its monthly payroll report released Friday, easily beating the 180,000 jobs forecast by Refinitiv economists. The unemployment rate ticked lower to 3.4%, a historically low level, as more workers left the labor force. 

Although the report pointed to solid hiring in April, it also showed much weaker job growth over the previous two months. Gains for February and March were revised down by a total of 149,000 jobs.

Job gains were broad-based last month, with the biggest gains in professional and business services (43,000), health care (40,000) and leisure and hospitality (31,000).

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