Unemployment rises to 9 percent in April

“Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Contributing to these numbers was the largest restaurant chain in the world, McDonald’s Corp., who hired 62,000 new U.S. workers in April after receiving over one million applications, according to Bloomberg.

  • ladylove

    wow McDonalds hired 62,000 people but had 1 million applicants, that in itself says a lot.

    and those lucky 62,000 will be lucky if they get 20 hours a week, many grateful for that, at $8.00 an hour.

  • Spring

    Boehner’s do-nothing congress comes in and the result is increased unemployment. We had steady job gains and reduced unemployment claims until Boehner took over.

    It is the house of representatives’ job to run the government not pander to their party’s agenda. Not one jobs bill from the house while they attend to their social agenda as payback to their cronies.

    • ladylove

      this is the same arguement you keep coming up with.

      and every single time you get told the same thing.

      it is not up to the government to create jobs, period.

      it is Obama, as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, whom to blame here. along with Pelosi and Reid.

      they created this mess, even before Bush got out of office, when the democrats had control, to insure a democratic victory in ’08/

      if government would repeal Obamacide in it’s entirity, and reduce the tax burdern, the business would do the rest.

      but then my telling you this, will as it always does will fall on deaf ears.

      but just so the others here know,

      you are redundant, if nothing else.

  • Liberalsareblind

    Unemployment is back up. Thanks Obama! That’s hope and change we can believe in, yes we can!

  • ernielane

    The real unemployment rate — to include those that have given up looking, among others — is much, much higher and should be reported as such. The way they report unemployment is as silly as saying the inflation rate excludes food and energy.

  • loudog

    244000 new jobs is more than predicted. The unemployment rate is rising because now that the economy is recovering and companies are hiring again, more people are starting to look for work.
    This is actually good news for the country, but Repubs are very busy spinning the usual doom and gloom for an election. Better spin harder because people won’t be buying it by next Nov when the recovery is well underway. We’ll be a long way from the depths of the recession of 2007-2009.

    btw, there was more good news in the unemployment survey, as the number of people who had been out of work more than six months fell by 283,000.

    • ladylove

      if the economy is rising, and companies are hiring, the unemployment rate should go down, not up.

      the unemployment numbers do not rise because people are looking for work.

      they rise when more people are out of work.

      and every person whose umemployment has run out, are no longer counted, that does not equate they have found jobs, in any way, shape, or manner.

      and some companies, are re-hiring those they have laid off, but at reduced wages. knowing that if people want work, they will either take it, or leave it.

      McDonald’s hired 62,000 people, big deal, they will get paid $8.00 and hour, for what 20 hours a week. that is how they work.

      hell that won’t even pay for gas, to get back and forth to these great jobs, much less pay the bills, and buy groceries.

      but you keep calling the battle cry of the democrats.

      this democrat prefers to see the truth.

  • Joe Steel

    See. I told the Republicans would screw-up the recovery.

    • ladylove

      yep, coming from someone who lies, all the time, this means nothing.

  • WaltLinsley

    I thought we were moving in the right direction???

  • jdw

    244,000 jobs were added and 62,000 Jobs were at McDonald’s! Remember how the DemoRATS always put down “hamburger flipper” jobs when GW was president? Now all of a sudden they are the best thing since sliced bread!
    Over 900,000 people applied for these 62,000 jobs!

    • The Center

      is that the best you could come up with?
      Take another hour on me, and try again…deal?

      • ladylove

        please tell us all what part of that is not the truth.

        we will give you that hour to get back to us.

  • erick1740

    Obama, one and DONE!

    • The Center

      yup! {{eyes rolling}}

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    See, Obama IS a killing machine — a JOB killing machine, that is.

    • oc in nc

      Good one Rosies.
      When the main stream media reports the numbers of course they will say unemployment rose “unexpectedly”.

    • Spring

      House of representatives runs the government. Note how job creation has slowed under Boehner’s do-nothing congress, not one jobs bill

      • thephranc

        Job bills dont create jobs.