US gains 288,000 jobs, plunging unemployment to lowest rate since 2008

This April 22, 2014 photo shows an employment

This April 22, 2014 photo shows an employment application form sits on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases employment data for April on Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (Credit: AP)

(AP) -- The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.

The figures are a clear sign that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent in March. But the drop occurred because the...

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