The U.S. adds 288,000 new jobs in April

The U.S. added 288,000 nonagricultural jobs in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. April's increase in jobs is the largest since January 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Business throughout different industries, including business services, retail and construction, added workers, The Washington Post reported. The construction industry had one of the largest gains by adding 32,000 new jobs. The professional and business services sector together created 75,000 new positions, retailers, bars and restaurants each added more than 30,000 jobs and health care jobs increased by 19,000 positions.

The unemployment rate also dropped by 0.4 percent to 6.3 percent in April, according to the BLS. The decline is due to a fewer number of unemployed people reentering the job market as well a decrease in the amount of new candidates entering the work force, the Chicago Tribune reported. The last time the U.S. saw employment rates this low was in September 2008. 

The improvements are a sign that the economy is growing after a harsh winter, according to The Washington Post.

Businesses in Illinois that are expanding and creating new positions should partner Chicago recruiters to find the most skilled workers for their open jobs.