The nation's economy continued to generate new jobs at a healthy clip, but inflationary pressures in the labor sector remain quiet, according to the Labor Department's latest data.

Payrolls rose by 234,000 in April while the unemployment rate ticked up only slightly, to 4.3%, from 4.2% in March. Wages were up only 0.2%, bringing the year-over-year gain to 3.2%.

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