A sign advertising job openings hangs outside a restaurant in Middleton, Mass., last month. At 4.3 percent unemployment, the jobs rate is near the point that most economists deem full employment.
Part of the gains in the U.S. job market last month came in health care, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Here, a nurse screens a patient in Emporia, Va.
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An employee moves cement blocks at the Cement Products Manufacturing Co. facility in Redmond, Ore. Millions of men in their prime working years have dropped out of the labor force since the 1960s.
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A construction worker uses a grinder to cut through steel reinforcing bars Feb. 1 in New York. A surge of job seekers sent the unemployment rate up 0.1 percentage point, to 5 percent, in March.
Job seekers fill out applications inside the employment center at the Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, N.J., in March.
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A cashier counts money at a Toys "R" Us in Los Angeles last November. A pinch in earnings and hours disappointed those looking for a pickup in paychecks last month.
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