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WASHINGTON, DC-The Labor Department is reporting that nonfarm payroll Positions–i.e.: jobs–increased by 290,000 in April. It is the fourth consecutive month that the economy added workers and the largest gain posted since March 2006. Analysts had expected a gain of about 190,000 for the month.

These figures follow an increase of 230,000 jobs in March, based on upwardly revised calculations. In February, 39,000 jobs were created, a number that was revised upward from a loss of 14,000. In January the economy posted a gain of 14,000 jobs.

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