25 December, 2017
The Texas jobless rate has improved for the seventh month in a row with November unemployment slipping to a record 3.8 percent.
Unemployment rates have hit a record low in Alabama.
The Mother Lode is following that downward trend. The unemployment rates in Lauderdale and Morgan counties both increased by one-tenth of a percent to 3.5 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.
Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent.
The leisure and hospitality segment lost about 1,700 jobs in November, compared with October. Information posted the biggest drop over the month, down 4,200 jobs, followed by trade, transportation and utilities with a decrease of 4,000 jobs. The Labor Department's state unemployment report showed that in the past 12 months, 27 states have added payroll jobs.More news: Facebook's Snooze Button Lets You Temporarily Mute Your Friends
During the past year, the largest absolute gains were in Texas, where the number of jobs climbed 330,600. California was second with 288,300.
Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November.
The Amarillo and Midland area came in with the state's lowest non seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, at 2.6 percent, while the McAllen- Edinburg-Mission area had the highest of 5.6 percent. The unemployment rate was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.
The nationwide jobless rate held steady at 4.1%.