If There Was a Surge of New Jobs in April, Why Are More People Unemployed?

By Kyle Stock and Jeremy Greenfield

April showers brought jobs as private sector employment surged last month. The winners were those workers willing to take on multiple roles as employers selectively started to hire again, said labor economists and workforce experts.

The private-sector added 268,000 jobs last month but the unemployment rate rose slightly to 9%, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job growth bested the expectations of economists who had called for a gain of about 185,000.