State jobless rate hits record low, county is stable

Dec 30, 2017, 00:46
State jobless rate hits record low, county is stable

Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.7 percent), Putnam County (third, 3 percent), Auglaize County (sixth, 3.1 percent), Hancock County (seventh, 3.1 percent) and Van Wert (10th, 3.4).

The unemployment rate increased in all 55 counties last month.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced unemployment rates in November remained low across the state and the vast majority of Tennessee counties continue to experience rates below 5 percent.

Minnesota's unemployment rate was 2.6 percent last month, while Wisconsin's was 2.7 percent.

The state's unemployment rate was 2.7 percent and the national average was 4.1 percent.

Statewide, November unemployment remained flat from the same time past year at 4.5 percent, and nationwide, the rate fell from 4.4 percent to 3.9 percent. Lee County, in far southeast Iowa, was the worst at 4.7 percent, though that was an improvement over a year ago. The rate was up from 8.9% in the month of October.

Most of the jobs in that sector are tied to employment agencies, an indicator of increased hiring from businesses, said Don Meseck, regional economist for Employment Security.

Smith said the dramatic story for Louisiana employment has been in the downstream refining and petrochemical sector, which is where the new capital expenditures are occurring.

Jefferson County's smaller population compared to other counties and the abundance of seasonal leisure and hospitality employers closing their doors for months has typically kept the county high on the list for unemployment among major labor areas, Mrs. Mayforth said. The unemployment rate is essentially unchanged from this time previous year. In Briscoe the labor force was 514, down from 526 in October; in Castro the labor force 3,184, down from 3,296; Floyd was down to 2,603 from 2,663; Lamb saw a decrease to 4,946 from 5,024 and Swisher went down to 2,648 from 2,677.

The private-sector over-the-year industry losses were in information (down 100), including print publishing and software publishing, and professional and business services (down 300).

Dubois: 2.4 percent, down from 2.5 percent.

The Boise MSA showed the strongest over-the-year percentage increase in nonfarm jobs, up 2.9 percent, followed by Pocatello, 2.2 percent; Idaho Falls and Lewiston, 1.7 percent; and Coeur dAlene, up 1 percent. Madison Countys unemployment rate remained the lowest at 2 percent.