Nonfarm payrolls increased 253,000 for the month, beating Wall Street estimates for growth of 180,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . Job growth fared better than expected in April despite bank turmoil and a decelerating economy, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate was 3.4% against an estimate for 3.6% and tied for the lowest level since 1969. Also, the household survey, which is used to calculate the unemployment rate, showed a softer total jobs gain of 139,000. The unemployment rate tied a record low going back to May 1969.