Bloomberg reports the April US employment numbers.
Payrolls in the U.S. surged by the most in four years in April, led by gains in private employment that indicate the economy is weaning itself from government support.
The 290,000 increase in employment exceeded the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News and followed a 230,000 gain in March that was larger than initially estimated. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent from 9.7 percent as thousands of jobseekers entered the workforce, a Labor Department report in Washington showed today...
The April gain included 66,000 temporary workers hired by the government to help conduct the 2010 census and a 231,000 rise in private payrolls...
While the economy added jobs, incomes were little changed. Average hourly earnings rose to $22.47 in April from $22.46 in March, today’s report showed.
The average work week for all workers rose to 34.1 hours in April, the highest since January 2009, from 34 hours the prior month.
However, the US employment report doesn't have the market's undivided attention these days. From Bloomberg:
Stocks slid for a fourth day, erasing 2010 gains for U.S. benchmark gauges, and the bonds of debt- laden nations tumbled after Europe’s debt crisis spurred an equity rout yesterday that undermined confidence in trading systems. Oil sank, capping the biggest weekly drop since 2008.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell as much as 3 percent before paring losses to 1.5 percent at the 4 p.m. New York close, leaving it down 0.4 percent in 2010. The MSCI World Index sank 2.3 percent. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 3.9 percent to the lowest level since November. Greece led a drop in deficit- stricken European nations’ bonds, with the yield premium demanded to own the 10-year securities instead of benchmark German bunds rising to a record 9.65 percentage points.