An increase in part-time employment offset a decrease in full-time, leaving employment unchanged in April. The unemployment rate remained at 6.8% for the fifth consecutive month.
Part-time employment increased by an estimated 34,000 in April, while full-time declined by 29,000. However, since April 1999, full-time employment has risen by 3.1% (+364,000), a much stronger gain than the 1.9% (+50,000) for part-time employment.
Total hours worked edged down 0.4% in April. However, hours worked are up 2.9% since April 1999, reflecting robust gains in the number of full-time jobs over this period.
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