US job growth slower than expected
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US employers hired fewer workers than expected last month despite a huge stimulus package that saw the government send $1,400 (£1,003) cheques to most Americans.
Just 266,000 jobs were added in April and the unemployment rate edged up to 6.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It said a hiring spree among leisure and hospitality businesses was offset by declining courier numbers.
In all, 9.8 million remain unemployed.