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January unemployment rate in ME was 3 percent

January unemployment rate in ME was 3 percent

That's the lowest the unemployment rate has been in January since the year 2000, according to historical data maintained by the INDWD.

North Carolina's jobless picture has been above the national average most of the previous year. Comparatively, the national unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent from 4.8 percent.

Florida's unemployment rate remains unchanged from a revised 3.9 percent in December, with 397,000 Floridians out of work, out of a workforce of 10.2 million. In December, 50,413 people were unemployed.

Compared to a year ago, Iowa expanded on its yearly growth in January and has been fueled by hiring in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing.

According to a report issued Monday by the state Department of Labor, the number of unemployed job-seekers in ME declined by 2,500 over the past year to 21,000.

Since January 2017, Kansas gained 9,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 7,500 private sector jobs.




Fairfield County continued to have the highest unemployment rate at 10.1 percent.

St. Johns County still ranks as having the lowest unemployment rate in the state, with Okaloosa in second place. "When companies come here, that's the number one question they ask - do you have a labor force? and we're able to provide that labor force for them".

Employment in educational and health services increased by 3,000. Growth was mostly centered in state and local government.

"Illinois job growth over the past year has been spurred by a resurgence in manufacturing", said IDES Director Jeff Mays.

Indiana's labor force had a net decrease of almost 7,300 over the previous month, which was a result of about 4,100 unemployed residents no longer seeking employment and a almost 3,200 decrease in residents employed.


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