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The report also put current black unemployment in April 83% above the rate for whites in the same month. To more fully gauge the health of the job market, economists look at a broader measure of employment that looks at: The unemployed; people who want to work but have given up searching; and people working part-time who can't find full-time work.

With a reported 3.9-percent unemployment rate, April became one of six months in almost 40 years when the figure fell below 4 percent.

In the past six months the unemployment rate in the USA remained at 4.1%.

In all, the number of people receiving aid dropped 77,000 to 1.26 million after April 21.

Many economists say the unemployment rate is now so low that wage growth should begin to climb this summer, since employers will face more pressure to boost pay in order to hire workers. However, hiring in April fell short of the projected 192,000 jobs added, according to economists surveyed by Reuters.

Ahead of the report, stocks were meandering between slightly positive and negative territory in anticipation of strong data but the major indices were mostly in the red.

"I don't think this report changes anything with the Fed", said Harm Bandholz, chief US economist at UniCredit Bank AG.

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In a sign that employers are having a hard time finding qualified workers, average hourly earnings rose 2.6 percent from a year ago.

Along those lines, average weekly earnings for production and nonsupervisory employees in the manufacturing sector rose from $901.39 in March to $907.78 in April. The 10-year Treasury yield TMUBMUSD10Y, -0.15% were little changed at 2.94%.

"The state of the economy is now quite strong, compared to what we've seen in recent years", said Shawn Baker, president of Rochester, NY-headquartered executive recruiting firm Cochran, Cochran & Yale.

Economists interpreted symmetric to mean policymakers would not be too concerned with inflation overshooting the target. "The larger-than-expected reported drop in the unemployment rate...provides additional evidence of tightening labor markets". In other words, it fell for the wrong reasons - not because of a surge in the number of people getting jobs, but because of a rise in the number of people out of the labor force.

Wages also disappointed, growing by only 0.1 percent from the previous month (half the expected 0.2 percent expansion).

The unemployment rate falls to a record low, but employers still fail to meet expectations for April. "Manufacturing is still contributing an outsized share of private sector job growth, punching above its weight". The data for the legal services industry take account of lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other law-related professions.

But 236,000 people left the labour force in April, adding to the 158,000 who quit in March. "3.9% Unemployment. 4% is Broken!" he said on Twitter.