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US employment jumps 244,000 in April

US employment rose in April for the seventh month in a row, official figures have shown, but the overall unemployment rate has also risen.

According to the US Labor Department, the number of new jobs created in April rose by 244,000, more than expected.

However, the unemployment rate rose too, to 9%, from 8.8%. The employment and unemployment figures are collected using different methods.

Michelle Fleury reports.

  • 07 May 2011
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