290,000 Jobs Added In April, But Unemployment Rate Goes Up

290,000 Jobs Added In April, But Unemployment Rate Goes Up


The good news is that we added 90,000 jobs more than expected, and this job growth is the most in four years. Still, the unemployment rate went up and could stay there for a while. Because if our economy keeps growing and we continue to add more than a quarter million jobs per month, but can’t push down the unemployment rate…what are we supposed to do?

And to that point…the March and February jobs estimates were both revised up:

The Labor Department also revised upward the job numbers for March, saying the economy added 230,000 payroll positions that month as opposed to 162,000 reported earlier. And the nation added 39,000 jobs in February, instead of shedding 14,000.

By the way, here’s where the jobs are coming from…

In April, hiring by the Census Bureau accounted for 66,000 of the net new jobs created as the government took on more workers for the 2010 census.

The private sector increased employment by 231,000 jobs last month, up from 174,000 in March. Job growth came in almost every major industry, with manufacturing adding 44,000 jobs, professional and business services growing by 80,000 and leisure and hospitality payrolls up 45,000.

Now before anybody crows about government jobs, the private sector has just as many seasonal positions too, so save the “government is gaming the numbers” speeches. Jobs are jobs. Just ask the people who are collecting the paychecks.

Here’s a quick look at the trends…

Of course the GOP is hammering Obama for the higher unemployment rate, and that’s their prerogative…but they also don’t offer any solutions. Par for course with the current Republican leadership. Think they might want to link to their plans for job creation in the same release they’re lambasting Obama for not creating enough? Hmmm…well, I guess you can only offer solutions if you have some. So when faced with a reality where they don’t have any, they offer fear instead. Again, completely unsurprising.

  • http://independentrage.blogspot.com/ The Independent Rage

    If your generality — about the current republican leadership offering no alternative solutions being “par for course” — also extends to the prolonged health care debate, then I’m not sure which Washington DC you’ve been watching for the past year. I’m not defending republicans, who oftentimes don’t offer any counter-proposals, but I am questioning the generality that you used. If you believe that such proposition also extends to the health care debate, then I would very much question just how independent-minded and “centrist” you truly are.

  • Nick Benjamin

    IMO it was clear the GOP as a whole had no reasonable alternatives to HCR. Most of what the leadership wanted was in the bill, and they could have the rest (mostly tort reform) if one guy had agreed to vote against the filibuster. That was actually their main debating point. They claimed it was “too much, too fast.” Which means their alternative had to be a lot smaller and a lot slower. Given the reality that our deficit problem is a Medicare spending problem, and they claim to be deficit hawks, one would have expected them to push something that solved at least part of the deficit problem.

    One of their House guys (Rep. Ryan) tried. But it was not really a serious political proposal because he did it by replacing the entirety of Medicare with much cheaper vouchers. In other words it was a massive cut to Medicare spending. Much bigger then anything Obama proposed. From the party which depends on votes from Medicare beneficiaries.

    Nobody but him bothered pushing it.

  • http://centristcoalition.com/blog/ kranky kritter

    Unemployment is up. That’s bad news. Can’t be spun away or dismissed even if jobs are being “added.”

  • Nick Benjamin

    Bad news, but hopeful bad news. It means that the folks who were most screwed by the recession think there’s hope.

    It would be really nice if all of them instantly got jobs, but hey.

    In this economy you take your good news where you find it.