The Labor Department reported that nonfarm employment increased by 160,000 positions in April, less than the 200,000 positions consensus projection. Over the past 12 months, monthly job increases have averaged 232,000. Employment increased in in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities. Job losses continued in mining. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from 245,000 to 233,000, and the change for March was revised from 215,000 to 208,000.