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  • 6 May 2014, 8:06

US Jobless Drops To Lowest Rate Since 2008

The jobless rate in the United States fell to 6.3% in April, its lowest level since September 2008.

A total of 288,000 new jobs were created last month, more than a third up on the figure forecast by economists.

The Labor Department said job creation was picking up after the country's long winter freeze.

It said the upsurge in jobs has sent the unemployment rate down to 6.3% from 6.7% previously.

But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply.

In the US, people not seeking work aren't counted as unemployed.

American employers also added more jobs during February and March than those previously estimated.

The job totals for those two months were revised upwards by a combined 36,000.

A number of sectors in the US economy have been affected over winter, including construction and retail.

But job creation is now accelerating.

Official data showed employers added an average of 238,000 jobs during the past three months.

The figure was up more than 40%, from 167,000 in the previous three months.

Job creation also appeared to be widely spread across various sectors.

Hirings last month were broad-based and included higher-paying jobs.

The Labor Department said manufacturing gained 12,000 positions, construction added 32,000 while professional roles including accounting, engineering and technical services, were boosted by 25,100.