May 23, 2018

State, local unemployment rates hit almost two-decade lows

18 November 2017, 12:23 | Kenneth Drake

Maine unemployment dips to 3.5% in October

Slight rise in Idaho unemployment for October

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for October was little changed from 4.2 percent for September and down from 4.8 percent one year ago.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) preliminary job estimates indicate MA added 4,800 jobs in October. The biggest job gains were seen in the finance sector and the import and export trade industry.

From October 2016 to October 2017, BLS estimates MA has added 69,000 jobs. The national rate was 4.1 percent in October.

The unemployment rate is the lowest since January 2001. But she adds not all communities and regions of the state are benefiting equally from this growth.

The Kansas Department of Labor says over 3,300 Kansans became employed last month.

Over the year, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point from 3.2% in October 2016.

In the Lincoln metro area, which includes Lancaster and Seward counties, the unemployment rate of 2.1 percent was down from 2.3 percent in September and 2.8 percent from October 2016.

On Friday, The SC Department of Workforce and Employment released October numbers.

According to Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, "Last month South Carolina's robust economy grew further, with businesses hiring more people in almost every industry sector".

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