Economy adds 288,000 jobs as jobless rate falls to 6.3%

U.S. unemployment gauge drops to lowest level in 5 years

Posted: May 3, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.

Sarah Keegan of Windham, N.Y., with her son Kevin in her lap, fills out paperwork during an April 22 job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department reported Friday that U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years.

U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in April as the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, its lowest level in more than five years.


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