April 24, 2018

Hawai'i Unemployment Rate at 2%, Record Low

25 December 2017, 02:49 | Donald Newman

Texas unemployment numbers drop again

Texas jobless rate drops to lowest in 40 years

Hawaii reported the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 2 percent.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted November rate set a record at 3.5 percent, which is down from October's 3.6 percent.

The picture got better in Omaha, too, where the unemployment rate in November was 2.5 percent compared with 2.9 percent last year, and in Lincoln, where the figure clocked in at 2.1 percent compared with 2.4 percent last year.

The state labor department says that while job losses continue in Alaska, they have "moderated noticeably" in the second half of this year.

Texas employers added 54,500 workers to their payrolls in November, bringing the statewide unemployment rate to the lowest level in four decades, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. 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. Cities with the highest unemployment rates are Selma at 6.6 percent, Prichard at 6.5 percent, and Anniston and Bessemer at 4.9 percent.

SC added almost 8,000 jobs in last month. It was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

Industry sectors with the most gains included educational and health services posting the largest jobs increase of 16,700 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality, up 15,400 jobs, and professional and business services, up 13,700 jobs. In total, 17 states have unemployment rates below the national average.

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