Employers in the US created 223,000 new jobs in April, a much larger increase than the month before.
At the same time, the US Department of Labor said the unemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low of 5.4%, down from 5.5% in March. Big job gains in the service sector helped to offset weakness in mining,
Investors welcomed the report, sending shares broadly higher on Wall Street.
Many see the report as a sign of solid strength in the economy.