(Bloomberg) — Payrolls rose in 40 states in April and the unemployment rate fell in 23 as the labor market picked up following a soft patch a month earlier.

California led the nation with a 29,500 increase in employment, followed by a 27,000 advance in Pennsylvania, figures from the Labor Department showed Wednesday in Washington.

Job growth found its footing again after faltering in March, a sign recent weakness in other economic data including retail sales and consumer sentiment may be short-lived. More hiring that leads to bigger wage gains would help brighten the prospects for stronger household spending.

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