There were 8.6 million of those involuntary part-time workers, a number also unchanged from the previous month.
So what did change?
McDonald’s said it would hire 50,000 workers, but that was outside the April reporting period, so it didn't help these numbers.
Retail created another 57,000, including 27,000 in general merchandise stores.
Leisure and hospitality continued its torrid pace of job creation, adding 46,000 to bring its three-month addition to the burgeoning job market to 46,000.
Manufacturing? There continued to be a slow rise, with 29,000 news jobs recorded, while mining added a net 11,000, most in support positions.
Professional and business services had a sold month, adding 51,000 positions.
But the average workweek, considered a key barometer of economic activity, also did not move, staying stagnant at 34.3 hours. At the same time, wages actually edged higher, up three cents, or 0.1 percent, to $22.95.
Wages, which are looked at as important for inflation expectations, have gained 1.7 percent over the past year.
The upshot, then, is that there is reason to cheer, but also some things to fear.
“In stark contrast to the payrolls figures, the household survey measure suggests that employment fell by 191,000 last month, with the labor force expanding by 235,000,” Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital Economics in Toronto, wrote in a note to clients. “Overall, very encouraging, although the rebound in the unemployment rate underlines how far we still have to go.”
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly suggested that a good portion of last month's hiring came from McDonald's, which moved to hire 50,000 workers last month. That hiring came after the reporting period in the jobs report.
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