U.S. Adds 288,000 Jobs in April – The Biggest Increase in More Than 2 Years

The U.S. has generated 288,000 jobs in April 2014. The unemployment rate fell to 6.3%. The strong performance suggests the economy is accelerating after the first-quarter growth. The growth was broad based. Professional jobs surged by 75,000 and retail, bars and restaurants and construction all posted big gains. Average hourly wages were unchanged, however, and remain at $24.31 and the average workweek rose slightly to 34.5 hours. The government said 203,000 jobs were created in March, up from 192,000 the previous year. So far in 2014, the economy has gained an average of 214,000 jobs a month, well ahead of the 2014 pace of 194,000.

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Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP