WASHINGTON — Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 211,000 jobs in April, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent from March's 4.5 percent, the BLS said in its May 5 report.
The Leisure and hospitality sector saw the biggest gains during April, growing by 55,000 jobs, according to the bureau. Health care and social assistance and professional and business services tied at 39,000 jobs each, it said.
However, the manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, government, and transportation and warehousing sectors saw little change, according to the BLS.
The BLS's job figures exceeded those of payroll services firm ADP Inc., which on May 3 released its report saying that nonfarm payroll employment grew by 177,000 jobs in April.
All sizes of businesses enjoyed strong job gains during the month, according to ADP.
Small businesses (1-49 employees) grew by 61,000 employees; medium-sized businesses (50-499 employees) by 78,000; and large businesses (500 or more employees) by 38,000, the company said.