The number of unemployed rose by 21,200 to 703,900 in April. People looking for full-time work advanced 16,600 to 490,900 and those looking for only part-time work went up 4,600 to 212,900. Male unemployment increased by 11,400 and female unemployment went up by 9,800.
Employment went up 28,400 to 12,822,900 in April, easily beating market consensus of a 14,000 gain and after an upwardly revised 27,661 increase in March. Part-time employed persons went up 34,700 to 4,030,200, while full-time employed persons fell 6,300 to 8,792,700
The participation rate rose 0.2 points from a month earlier to 65.8 percent in April, slightly higher than forecasts of 65.7 percent. Meantime, the employment to population ratio was unchanged at 62.4 percent.
The underemployment rate rose 0.3 points to 8.5 percent in April.
Seasonally adjusted monthly hours worked in all jobs increased by 2.5 million hours, or 0.1 percent, to 1,788.5 million hours.