More 'Discouraged Workers' in April, Says Labor Dept.

By Elizabeth Harrington | May 3, 2013 | 8:46am EDT

A job seeker speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston. (AP Photo)

( – There were 33,000 more "discouraged workers" in April, according to the latest economic release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS defines discouraged workers as “persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.”

In April, there were 835,000 discouraged workers, up from 803,000 discouraged workers in March.

The unemployment rate overall for April dropped slightly, to 7.5 percent from 7.6 percent in March, with payrolls adding 165,000 jobs.

The long-term unemployment rate also remained high at 37.4 percent.

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