Unemployment rate unchanged; jobs decline

NM unemployment worst in the nation
Unemployment rate unchanged; jobs decline
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16 March, 2017

Unemployment rates for other states were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 3.2 percent in MA, 4.7 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 percent in CT. This year's rate of 4.6 percent was an improvement over 2016's rate of 5.0 percent.

Here is the full list in order of unemployment rates in the Tennessee Valley from lowest to highest.

"Our unemployment rate rose because almost 10,000 more people entered the labor force last month, and about 6,500 of them found work", Washington said.

In January, Rochester's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.2 percent, but the region lost 2,600 non-farm jobs, or 0.5 percent, while the private sector lost 1,100 jobs, or 0.2 percent. He added there are now more people working in Alabama than anytime in the past eight years. Lewis County had a rate of 8.7 percent, up from 8.1 percent last January.

Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington attributed the statewide increase in unemployment in part to a growing number of people in the workforce.

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The last time Hawaiʻi's unemployment rate was 2.8% was in July 2007.

The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor said she received a notice on Friday indicating 76 Merchants Bank employees will lose their jobs during a two-week period from May 12-25. There were 3,300 people receiving benefits in January 2017 and 3,400 the same month previous year.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point across the state in January to 2.9 percent. Over-the-month, both initial claims and weeks claims also grew by 10.5% and 9.9% respectively in January 2017. Still, overall employment rose by about 6,400 to 2.05 million.

Arkansas' unemployment rate is one percentage point lower than the national unemployment rate. The February report is scheduled to be released March 24.


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