Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:58 am
The nation's jobless rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March, but just 115,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
The job growth was well below expectations and has raised new questions about the strength of the U.S. economy.
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There were 365,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, down 27,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.