The number of unemployed fell 60 thousand from a month earlier to 1.68 million in April, and employment dropped by 300 thousand to 67.02 million. The labor force went declined 380 thousand to 68.08 million and those detached from the labor force increased 360 thousand to 42.18 million.
Youth unemployment rate, measuring job-seekers between 15 and 24 years old, increased to 3.9 percent in April from 3.6 percent in March. This was the highest reading since August last year when the rate was at 4.1 percent.
A year earlier, the unemployment rate was also at 2.5 percent.