Compared with 12 months earlier, employment increased 0.9% or 163,000, all in full time. The total number of hours worked rose by 1.5% over the same period.
Provincially, employment grew in Alberta, while it fell in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
In April, there were employment gains in manufacturing and public administration. These gains were offset by losses in transportation and warehousing; "other services"; and business, building and other support services.
There were 34,000 more people working in the public sector in April, while there was little change in the number of private sector employees and the self-employed.
Over the previous 12 months, public sector employment increased 2.6% or 94,000, while growth in self-employment was 2.2% (+59,000), the bulk of which was in the first quarter of 2013. The number of private sector employees was little changed compared with 12 months earlier, as gains in the second half of 2012 were offset by losses in 2013.
Employment in April increased among people aged 25 to 54 and declined among youths. For people aged 55 and over, employment was little changed.