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We’re live charting the pretty decent US jobs report for April

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Labor is in focus.
By Matt Phillips, Melvin Backman
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

It’s time for what’s arguably the world’s premier economic update: the US jobs and employment report. Economists, policy makers, pundits—and those simple seeking a new gig or a raise—will be watching the April update for signs that the US has shrugged off an ugly first quarter. We’ll scour the data for the most insightful trends and blast out charts that tell the tale early and often.

Some 223,000 new jobs were created in April, roughly what economists had expected. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, the lowest level in seven years.

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