April’s Strong U.S. Jobs Report in Two Charts

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent.

People visit booths of prospective employers during the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at the Washington Convention Center, on January 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.
National Journal
Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz
May 2, 2014, 5:17 a.m.

The US eco­nomy ad­ded 288,000 jobs in April, ex­ceed­ing ex­pect­a­tions. The un­em­ploy­ment rate fell to 6.3%, a five-and-a-half year low. Here’s the break­down of em­ploy­ment status for all Amer­ic­ans age 16 and above:

Here’s what job cre­ation and loss looked like in vari­ous in­dus­tries last month: