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Economy Adds 290,000 Jobs, but High Unemployment Persists

The economy added 290,000 jobs in April, but the unemployment rate increased slightly to 9.9 percent, according to the latest numbers released Friday by the Labor Department.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the uptick in the jobless rate was due in part to the fact that 195,000 people reentered the workforce last month.

Employment increased in the manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality, according to the report.

The federal government also added jobs that the report said was attributed to the hiring of temporary Census workers.

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