May 7th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
13 years ago

April Jobs report: Best gain in four years

New York ( - In another sign that the recovery in the U.S. economy is taking hold, employers added significantly more jobs to payrolls in April, according to a government report released Friday.

There was a gain of 290,000 jobs in the month, up from a revised 230,000 jobs added in March. It was the largest number of jobs added to the labor force since March 2006.

Economists surveyed by had forecast a gain of 187,000 jobs.

With upward revisions for both March and February, there has been a gain of 573,000 jobs since the start of the year. After nearly two years of job losses, the economy has now added jobs in five of the last six months.

The report also includes a separate survey of households that it uses to estimate the unemployment rate, which increased to 9.9%. Economists had forecast the rate would remain at the 9.7% rate reported for March.

The increase was due to people who had previously been discouraged returning to the job search. So the rise in the unemployment rate is actually a sign of improving perception of labor market conditions by job seekers. The number of discouraged workers, or people who want a job but are not counted in the labor force has now dropped by 355,000 since December.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The numbers will only get better as we move into the summer. Hope fully unemployment will be either at 9% or lower by the end of the summer.

    May 7, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Marcus

    Obama's 'Socialism' wasn't bad for the Economy?

    May 7, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. barbara

    Please. Everyone knows that all of these jobs went to census workers who will be out of a job in a month or so.

    May 7, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. EqualPolitics4Everyone

    Still an unacceptable unemployment rate. Especially after a $850 Billion Stimulus package that we the taxpayers footed the bill for.

    This government is weakening the value of our dollar with their spending.

    May 7, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Eric

    And, again, how many were census workers???

    Gubmint "job creation" FAIL.

    Come on CNN, I would hope you have editors who are smart enough to ask this very simple and obvious question?

    May 7, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. PalmReader

    While this is good news indeed, I wonder how much of the suffering - both economically and personally - could have been avoided had Big Business gone the extra mile for the American people and NOT sent jobs overseas year after year?

    Ironic that the very people who helped build American businesses to their individual greatness are now the same people who lost their jobs once business potentials were fully realized - and cheap labor could be found elsewhere?

    May 7, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Dano

    Isn't it funny how the GOP keeps saying how President Obama has ruined the economy and the stimulus hasn't worked, and yet over half a million jobs have been added this year?

    May 7, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Darrell

    Obamanomics is working!...when the recession started in 2008, this country was loosing 750,000 jobs per month under the Republicans and this country is actually gaining jobs..even private sector jobs,with 231,000 created out of the 290, my Republican friends and Tea Party supporters: see you in Nov. 2010 Time to donate more money to Organize for America...hear that sound another $20 for the change I believe in and voted for!

    May 7, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. RichP, easton, pa

    Interesting, local Sunday paper still has less then a half page of help wanted. Interesting also that there is still no action on the part of congress clowns to close the loopholes for tax advantages for companies to move over seas, You would think if they were true representatives of their constituants they would not only close those loopholes but offer incentives for new companies to move here, I guess I'm just stupid but then when you have to meet payroll every week you tend to focus on what works.

    May 7, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Ruty

    Huh? Best gain in four years? It looks like most of those 4 years happened under Gorge Bush. So let's see. They wanted to blame the unemployment on Obama. You dingbats can't you see Bush and Cheney are to blame for this god-awful mess. Those two should be in prison for their bird-brain antics.

    May 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    enjoy the good news while you can because you know Bohner and the GOP are going to put a negative spin on it ASAP. Why? Because that is what they do!

    May 7, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Brenda

    So, let me get this straight.........

    Citizens/voters/tax payers are supposed to be happy that 290,000 jobs were created (the majority probably temporary, census jobs)--when the unemployment rate is now up to almost 10%

    As many economists have said.........In order for unemployment to get back down to 7%-–250,000 jobs per month-–over the next 5 years-–will need to be created.

    The Obama drones might think that 290,000 temporary, census jobs is good news--but the MAJORITY in the country will see that the unemployment rate has gone UP, and is now almost 10%.

    May 7, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Franklin

    This makes five straight reports where the unemployment rate teeters on reaching 10%, this administration sugar coats it, and the media reports it as a positive thing. America...., your govt and its state-run media think you are fickle. In six more months you have a chance to show them that you are smarter than they are.

    May 7, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Independent in New Mexico

    I have to ask this question : What is the quality of the "new jobs"??? By that, I would like to know if they are temperary or not, what is the pay scale ? What sort of benifits ???? An increase in employment is well and good. But why do I have the sneaking feeling that these "newly employed" are in a short term, mininum wage, dead end ????

    May 7, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. T

    OMG but OBAMA's a LIB SOCIALIST so it doesn't natter that his policies are GOOD. FORGET America, I just want RUSH to succeed.


    May 7, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. tcaros

    That's really GREAT news!!!

    How come Fox News doesn't report this?????

    May 7, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    This is good news? 9.9% unemployed, 19% under employed, we were told that bailing out Wall Street and Corporate America were going to save Main Street, that bailouts were not going to cause tax increases.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    May 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Liz the First

    Let's hope this goes a long way in making people understand that things are getting better under Obama's caring, intelligent leadership and that no matter how good he is, he couldn't just wave a magic wand and make it all better. if you look at a graph of the job loss and growth, it starts its plunge under bush and starts to trend back up immediately after Obama took office. every Democratic candidate for any office should use this graph in their campaigns!!! And on another note, i live in Tennessee and i can't wait to see all the local teabaggers lining up with their hands out for federal assistance after the recent flooding. maybe it'll make them realize how irrational their anti-tax, anti-government ranting is.

    May 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    Gain in jobs.......of course there was and no doubt most of those were government jobs. Obama and his administration is doing nothing to help the private sector at all and we're the ones that pay the salary of these government jobs. Once Obama is finished destroying the private sector there won't be any government jobs.

    May 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Well, the economy should be in solid recovery by the elections in November. The conservatives must hate that. They have been clucking that the sky is falling for so long that they actually want it.

    May 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. New Age Independant

    Interesting slant by CNN "Best gain in four years" and oh, by the way, the unemployment rate goes up to 9.9%. More double standards from an ultra liberal news organization?

    May 7, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. valwayne

    9.9% UNEMPLOYMENT. A 1000 point drop on the dow before it recovered to a 348 point drop. The massive corrupt spending and debt of Obama and the Democrats is going to ruin our nation. We are getting by on borrowed money and borrowed time. The arrogant left wing Elites have to be kicked out in Nov so we can start digging out!!!!

    May 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. vs

    Looks like that "hopey changey" thing is working out just fine. This news will only make the right wing nut cases even more unhinged. Expect more blubbering drivel from Beck. The Limbaugh blimp will finally generate enough hot air to stop bouncing at his desk and actually become airborne.

    May 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    November, 2008 there were 500,000 jobs lost which was the biggest lost in 34 years, thanks to Bush. By the end of 2008 the U.S. lost 2.6 million jobs, thanks to Bush. Bush was the worst president in history and we will never forget the mess he left this country in and to think people want another Republican in office is beyond me, they support the rich only.

    May 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Susan

    I sure don't see a recovery, but I am part of the middle class that is systematically being destroyed.

    May 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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