U.S. Adds 115,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate at 8.1 Percent

Washington — May 4

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade and health care, but declined in transportation and warehousing.

Both the number of unemployed persons — 12.5 million — and the unemployment rate — 8.1 percent — changed little in April.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.5 percent), adult women (7.4 percent), teenagers (24.9 percent), whites (7.4 percent) and Hispanics (10.3 percent) showed little or no change in April, while the rate for blacks (13 percent) declined over the month.

The jobless rate for Asians was 5.2 percent in April (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

The number of long-term unemployed — those jobless for 27 weeks and more — was little changed at 5.1 million in April. These individuals made up 41.3 percent of the unemployed.

During the year, the number of long-term unemployed has fallen by 759,000.

The civilian labor force participation rate declined in April to 63.6 percent, while the employment-population ratio, at 58.4 percent, changed little.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor