288,000 jobs created in April plus the numbers for February and March revised upwards by 36,000 means that a total of 324,000 new jobs were announced this month. We may actually have a year in which monthly job creation numbers average more than 200,000; if so, it will be only the second time since 1999.
The unemployment rate, after being stuck at the same rate for four months, sharply fell. The unemployment rate for April in the last five years leaves little doubt that we're experiencing a real recovery. And it actually seems to be accelerating, 4+ years in.