WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 290,000, the most in four years. The jobless rate rose to 9.9% as people streamed back into the market looking for work.
The government says the hiring of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census helped overall payroll growth last month. However, private employers added a surprisingly strong 231,000 positions last month, also the most since March 2006.
The unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in March to 9.9% in April, mainly because 805,000 jobseekers -- perhaps feeling better about their prospects -- resumed their searches for work.