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May 06, 2005
Stronger Employment Gains in April

Payroll employment rose by 274,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

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Job growth was widespread, with gains in construction, mining, and several service-providing industries.

The bureau also reported an upwardly revised March employment gain of 146,000.

In April, construction employment rose by 47,000, with specialty trade contractors accounting for the bulk of the growth (40,000). Since its most recent low in March 2003, construction industry employment has grown by 551,000.

Employment in manufacturing was little changed in April at 14.3 million, with small and offsetting movements among several of its components.

In the service-providing sector, leisure and hospitality gained 58,000 jobs in April, including 35,000 in food services and drinking places.

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