Largest April Job Gains in Good-paying Careers

Our nation’s labor market added 130,000 private sector jobs in the month of April, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, its lowest level in three years.

Employment in Major Industries Since the Employment Trough, April 2010 - April 2012. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program.

Over the last four months, we’ve added an average of 207,000 private sector jobs. Significantly, the labor market added 53,000 more private sector jobs in February and March than previously had been reported.

For 26 straight months, we have added private sector jobs. The national unemployment rate has fallen a full point in the last eight months. Layoffs are continuing to come down and are now back to 2006 levels.

In April, our largest gains — 62,000 new jobs — were in good-paying business and professional services careers, meaning more architects, engineers, computer programmers and consultants are finding jobs. Also, we added another 19,000 manufacturing jobs in April. After losing millions of good manufacturing jobs in the years before and during the deep recession, the economy has added 485,000 manufacturing jobs in the past 26 months.

We’ve now created more than 4.2 million private sector jobs under this administration. We are seeing a resilient U.S. labor market continuing to recover from the deepest recession since the Great Depression. But there are still too many unemployed workers who still need assistance to get retrained to get back to work.

Monthly Change in Total Private Employment, February 2008 to April 2012. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program

We’re on the right path, and we know our recovery would be even stronger if Congress hadn’t blocked almost every single proposed investment in the American Jobs Act. The president believes we should be doing more to help state and local governments hire back teachers, policemen, firefighters and construction crews. And he believes we should be doing more to cut taxes on small businesses that are the engine of economic growth.

Going forward, we have a choice to make. We can either make investments in things like education, transportation and new sources of energy — investments that have always been essential to America’s businesses and to creating good middle class jobs. Or we give more tax breaks to wealthy Americans who don’t need them and didn’t ask for them.

Prosperity has never just trickled down from a wealthy few. Prosperity has always grown from the heart of a strong middle class. That’s why the president laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last, based on investments that put America in control of its energy future, improve education and skills for our workers, and support small business and American manufacturing, so we can make more things the world buys.

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  1. Virgil Bierschwale says:

    Never have so few in government turned their back on so many that need their help.

    I have worked in and around technology all of my life and I have a very strong software background, yet today I was turned down for a WG-1 Food handler position.

    That is a new low for me, but from where I’m sitting the dept of BLS is sinking even lower by declaring that unemployment is going down when every fact out there, except for the propaganda of the dept of labor shows that it is going up.

    Even the charts you used in this article show the hiring ceasing for the last 4 quarters or so.

    I personally am ashamed to even think that the current administration, and the previous ones since bush senior would even consider themselves to be representatives of the people of America when all we see them do is kneal before our corporations and kiss the ground that they walk on.

    Ashamed I tell you.

  2. Lee says:

    This is excellent news. I always look to the US to see where its economy is heading as a barometer for our own (UK). Construction is said to be leading us into a “double -dip” lets hope we can mirror the achievements of Obama. I like you think our govts should be investing and hiring.

  3. Alex Majthenyi says:

    “We’ve now created more than 4.2 million private sector jobs under this administration.” But:
    Employment hit a high point 146,595,000 in November of 2007. It declined to 142,187,000 in January 0f 2009 and hit a low point of 138,401,000 nine months later in November. While employment has been rising ever since that month current employment at 141,865,000 it is still lower than when this administration took over.
    Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
    Series Id: LNS12000000 – Seasonally Adjusted

    According to your figures, this administration created 4.2 million jobs but lost more than 4.2 million jobs

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