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Unemployment rate rises to 6.1% as 266,000 jobs added in April

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(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, the latest figures released Friday by the Labor Department show.

The number was significantly lower than the 770,000 jobs added in March and the 536,000 added in February.

The biggest increases in employment in April occurred in leisure and hospitality, other services and local government education, according to the Labor Department.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate rose slightly from 6% to 6.1% last month.

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