Job growth better than expected in April, but unemployment rate inches up to 9% 

Employment in the U.S. increased by 244,000 jobs in April, which was better than expected, but the actual unemployment rate still rose, from 8.8 percent to 9 percent.

Politically, this is a mixed bag for President Obama. On the one hand, job growth is legitimately picking up. But if the stubbornly high unemployment rate takes a long time to go down, it would make him a lot more vulnerable in 2012.

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