The economy added 266,000 private-sector jobs in April, the most in five years. Unemployment edged upward, from 8.8 percent to 9 percent, which may just be statistical noise. The signal is in the number of jobs, and that signal is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in addition to good numbers for April, we added more jobs in February and March that first thought -- about 46,000 more overall.
Even the 99ers got a little something to smile over. The number of people unemployed for 27 weeks or more fell back below 6 million. The average job search got shorter, to a still painful 20.7 weeks. Take the good news where you can get it -- unless you're House Speaker John Boehner.
"While any improvement is welcome news, job growth in America is still nowhere close to what it should be," Mr. Boehner said in his monthly statement on the jobs numbers. "Our economy continues to suffer from the uncertainty being caused for private-sector job creators by the Democrats who run Washington."
Speaker Boehner last month: "Any improvement in the jobs picture is welcome news for the country, but Washington needs to do more to end the uncertainty plaguing job creators."
And Speaker Boehner the month before that: "Any improvement in the jobs situation for our country is welcome news, but unemployment is still far above where the Obama Administration promised it would be when it forced our children to pay for the 'stimulus' fiasco, which accelerated a government spending binge that continues to block our nation's path to prosperity."
Mr. Boehner's tapping into average Americans' understanding that this economy is not yet healthy or whole, even as remains committed to tax breaks for the rich. Corporate profits are up 81 percent this year, and CEO pay has recovered. They're doing better, Ezra Klein writes -- so why aren't you?