Graphic: April Jobs Report Continues Upward Trend

Economy gains 244,000 jobs in April, more than economists expected.

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With a gain of 244,000 jobs in April, the job market continued to improve. While the unemployment rate edged up to 9 percent in April, economists say that’s not a bad sign; it shows more discouraged workers are feeling confident enough to re-enter the workforce, again looking for a job.

[Read our full story on April’s jobs report.]

Here’s how those numbers play into the employment trend of the last few years: