WASHINGTON – The unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent last month and 263-thousand jobs were added, according to new numbers released this week.
That’s the lowest number since December of 1969, almost 50 years ago.
The average hourly worker makes 3.2 percent more than a year ago.
The strongest sectors of job growth in April were construction, which added 33,000 jobs and health care which added 27,000. Restaurants and bars added 25,000 workers.
Retail and automobile manufacturing were dark spots that saw jobs disappear. April marked the 103rd straight month of overall job growth.
The job numbers come just a week after it was announced the gross domestic product grew at 3.2 percent last quarter.
That was more than a full percentage point more than economists were expecting.